I using 2x10 over a 12'6" span the floor joist or part of a 2 story addition extending master bedroom and master bath. The deminsion of the project is 12'6" x 24'. I will be using 18 2x10 16" on center for the floor system on upper level the lower level is monolithic slab for floor. So Does the length of the nails going through the existing rim board which I will be attaching the joist to using joist hangers matter and should I use a ledger board under the hangers? As far as the engineered beams are concerned are you referring to the ceiling expansion (roof joist)for the roof? I don't know if I will be using LVL or dbl/triple 2x8 lumber.