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By Warren in CA on 12/4/2005


First, I designed my own home and spec'ed it to use 2x6s for first floor joists and 2x6 for some of the walls. By using the same lumber to form my foundation and to frame the house, I'm able to recoup the cost for foundation materials. I plan to spray on a non-toxic form release agent on the 2x6 so stripping of the forms will be a clean break. Any ideas or commits on this? I already purchased the lumber at Home Depot - cost for 2x6x16' was $8.91/ea. I am waiting for some dry days to start construction of the forms. I will use screws to attach most of the lumber and cap with tape to protect the heads being filled with concrete. This  will be my third owner-built home. I plan to do one more for investment purposes after this one in a few years.

 

 

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 12/5/2005


Warren,

Good suggestion, I also used the footing formwork elsewhere in my construction project. I built ICF, and reused the 2x12s from the formwork for my window and door bucks. It was a better investment than renting formwork.

Which brings me to my questions; is 5-1/2" thick sufficient footing thickness? What spans are you using for 2x6 floor joists, you better keep them very short or you will have too much deflection (I don't have span tables in front of me, but IIRC for southern yellow pine you can't exceed a 12' span for 2x10 joists, I gather 2x6 joists spans are considerably shorter than this)?


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By Warren in CA on 12/6/2005


My footings are 2' to 5' wide and 12" high. I plan to use the 2x6s for the stem wall, not the footings. My longest span using 2x6 will be 8'.


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