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`"Joist Count" = f( W , L , 16 )`

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The **Floor Joist Count** calculator computes the number of joists (joists and end plates) required for a floor or deck based on the dimension of the room or deck and the on-center joist separation.

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**W**) - Enter the width of the floor across the joists - (
**L**) - Enter the length of the floor parallel to the joists - (
**oC**) - Enter the On-center Separation distance between joists

**Floor Joist Board Count (JC):** The Floor Joist Count calculator computes the total number of boards needed for the joists and end-plates combined. The calculator also returns the number of joist hangers (ties) needed.

The algorithm assumes a span (Floor Length) smaller than 20 feet for normal (solid wood) joists, because it is calculating the number of joists (lumber boards) using the lumber typically available up to 20 feet at the national suppliers (Lowe's, Home Depot & Menards). It takes the width and calculates the number of joists needed to meet the on-center spacing requirement, and includes one for the beginning and an extra for any partial space. The algorithm then calculates the number of end pieces (plates) needed based on the width and the joist lengths.

The algorithm will calculate a joist length based on the required board length for the span (e.g. 20' board for an 18.5' joist/span). **It is important to note**, that the strength of the joist and its width are driven by the use of the floor. A free standing outside deck for some light furniture and a few people will have a different load requirement than a deck for a hot tub. For this reason, this calculator does not tell you what boards to be used, just how many. The most common driving factor in joist selection is the **Live Load** which is the specification for the load (weight) that is placed on a square foot of the floor. Local building codes also dictate what joist boards can be used. The live load will most commonly drive the Maximum Joist Span.

**Deck Builder Calculator** provides estimates for a simple rectangular deck project. Calculator functions include the following:

**Deck Board Count**: Computes the number of decking boards needed for your deck based on the size of the deck and the size of the decking boards.**Deck Board Material Cost**: Computes the cost of deck board flooring based on a computed number of deck boards and the price per board.**Decking Cost Estimate**: Estimates the cost of wood board decking based on total area and unit pricing in dollars per square feet.**Sub-floor Sheets**: Computes the number of 4x8 sheets to cover floor/deck area.**Sub-floor Cost**: Computes the cost of 4x8 sheets to cover fool/deck area.**Deck Joist Count**: Computes the number of floor joists needed for a deck. It returns the number of joists and plate boards, square feet of area and the length of the diagonal.**Deck Joist Cost**: Computes the total cost of the floor joist boards.**Deck Stain and Sealer**: Computes the amount of stain and sealer needed for a deck.