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Unread 01-13-2022, 10:55 PM   #11
Matt05DIY
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Thanks for the replies. Dan is right above the "U" block. So far the board over the pipe is just screwed to the bottom plate. I also think it would be difficult to toe nail a 3/4" board and like the idea of screwing in cleats under it. Originally I was going to put a 2x6 underneath the board vertically for support that was notched to accommodate the pipe but the board actually snapped trying to hammer it into place due to the notch having weakened it.

Regarding the overlapping joist I was surprised to see they were only held together with two nails. I added a third nail but will probably follow your advise and take extra steps to secure them together. Although I guess it held up over what I assume was almost 40 years.
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