I've got squeaky and bouncy upstairs of my 10 yrs old project home. I'd really like to eliminate this problem by bracing the i-joists with metal 'X' crosses at 2m intervals. see my subfloor shot below.
I saw this this perfect metal brace from a company called structurelock (usa based) but it seems that they dnt have any distributor here in aus so I cant source the product. see image below
does anybody know where I can buy something similar in aus?
Otherwise I think Ive got no choice but to put some blockings of the same i-joist kind. In this case do I need to cut the blocks myself? Can bunnings cut the ijoists into my size at extra cost? i think I'd need about 200 blocks.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you for joining us and sharing your question about bracing for i-joists
I'm so sorry but I'm not aware of any provider that carries this particular product. Unfortunately, the timber saw at the shop is not set up to cut i-joists. However, in order to make it easier to cut the 200 pieces for your project, I suggest making a timber-cutting jig. Making the jig would guarantee that your cut is accurate and straight. It sounds like a very interesting repair project, any updates you can provide would be much appreciated.
If you need further assistance, please let us know.
Structurelock do ship direct to Australia. They are currently looking for an Australian agent but will ship direct to you. If you go to their website and use contact link you can contact them directly. Below is the guts of a recent reply email I received from them.
Welcome to the workshop.
It's great that @JDE has had previous dealings with this company and has been able to point you in the right direction to access their products.
Failing that, you might be able to find a metal fabricator who may be able to make some for you (although this may be a costly option).
Otherwise you might be stuck cutting out those 200 blocks yourself unfortunately. Good way to get to know your saw a bit better though.
Best of luck stiffening up your floor!