When a joist or girder is supported at either end on a brick wall, there will either be a hole left in the wall to receive it, or the wall will be corbeled out to form a seat for the beam. If the beam enters the wall the end should be cut as shown in Fig. 156, so that in case of the failure of the beam from overloading or from fire, it may fall out without injuring the wall. Every fifth or sixth joist is held in place by an anchor, as shown in Fig. 157, of which there are several kinds on the market. Fig. 158 shows the result when a beam which is cut off square on the end, falls out of the wall.

Fig. 15S. Effect of Releasing Diagonal  and Square Ended Joists

Fig. 15S. Effect of Releasing Diagonal- and Square-Ended Joists.

There must always be left around the end of a beam which is in the wall, a sufficient space to allow for proper ventilation to prevent dry rot, and the end should always be well painted to keep out the moisture. Patent wall-hangers and box anchors are often used to support the ends of joists in brick buildings, but only in case of heavy floors.

The floor framing in a brick building is the same as that in a building of wood except that there is no girt to receive the ends of the floor boards, so that a joist must be placed close against the inside of the wall all around the building to give a firm nailing for the flooring.


In any floor, whether in a wood or brick building, if the span of the floor joists is very considerable so that there is any chance for deflection they must be "crowned" in order to offset the effect of such deflection. The operation called "crowning" consists in shaping the top of each joist to a slight curve, as shown in Fig. 159A, so that it is 1 inch or so higher in the middle than it is at the ends. As the joist sags or deflects, the top becomes level while the convexity will show itself in the bottom, as shown in Fig. 159B. Joists need not be crowned unless the span is quite large and the loads heavy enough to cause a deflection of an inch or more at the center of the joist.

Fig. 159. Crowning Joist

Fig. 159. Crowning Joist.


Floor frames are "bridged" in much the same way as was described for the walls, and for much the same purpose, namely, to stiffen the floor frame, to prevent unequal deflection of the joists and to enable an overloaded joist to get some assistance from the pieces on either side of it. Bridging is of two kinds, "plank bridging" and "cross bridging," of which the first has already been shown in connection with the partition supports. Plank bridging is not very effective for stiffening the floor, and cross bridging is always preferred. This bridging is somewhat like the diagonal bridging used in the walls, and consists of pieces of scantling, usually 1X3 inches or 2X3 inches in size, cut in diagonally between the floor joists. Each piece is nailed to the top of one joist and to the bottom of the next; and two pieces which cross each other are set close together between the same two joists, forming a sort of St. Andrew's cross, whence we get the name "cross bridging" or "herringbone bridging" as it is sometimes called. The arrangement is shown in Fig. 160, and the bridging should be placed in straight lines at intervals of 8 or 10 feet across the whole length of the floor. Each piece should be well nailed with two eightpenny or tenpenny nails in each end. If this is well done there will be formed a continuous truss across the whole length of the floor which will prevent any overloaded joist from sagging below the others, and which will greatly stiffen the whole floor so as to prevent any vibration. The bridging, however, adds nothing to the strength of the floor.