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How far apart do you put floor joists?

Normally, floor joists are spaced 16 inches apart on center. This means from the center of one upright joist to the center of the next. Given that 2x8s are actually 1-¾ inches wide , it works out to be 14-¼ inches between each joist . With some structures, floor joists are required to be 12 or 24 inches apart on center.

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Herein, how far can you span a 2x6 floor joist?

Max. Live Load 30 lbs/ft2 (1436 N/m2)

Maximum Span (ft - in)
Nominal Size (inches) Joist Spacing Center to Center (inches) Lumber Grade
2 x 6 16 10' - 11"
24 9' - 7"
2 x 8 12 15' - 10"

Similarly, how far can a 2x10 span without support? When supporting joists that span 12 feet with no overhang beyond the beam, a double ply beam can span in feet a value equal to its depth in inches. A double 2x12 beam can span 12 feet; a (2) 2x10 can span 10 feet and so on.

In this regard, how long can floor joists be without support?

A live load of 60 pounds per square foot demands more support and shorter spans. Spaced at 12 inches, the joist may only span 16 feet 8 inches. At 16 inch spacing, 15 feet 2 inches and 13 feet 3 inches at 24 inch spacing.

How far can a 2x6 beam span without support?

In general terms, joists spaced 16 inches on center can span 1.5 times in feet their depth in inches. A 2x8 up to 12 feet; 2x10 to 15 feet and 2x12 to 18 feet.

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