Hello, I have a unique load bearing stud problem. A very slow plumbing leak created a terminte problem in load bearing wall. The damage impacted two studs. 1 of these was been repaired by replacing the bottom portion with new wood and scabbing with a new section that sistered to the stud all the way to the bottom plate.
The other damaged stub is a real problem - it is on one side butted up against two additional studs which adjoin a kitchen window. The stud with real damage is the one on the outside from the window.
The other side of the damaged stud it is very close to plumbing (yes the plumbing that leaked) that goes into the slab. There is not enough room to scab with wood.
The wood actually seems very solid as the damage was caught early but it is very stained and there is definite surface terminte damage.
Can I cut the 2x4 out without issue without additional support on the wall (this is a downstairs exterior wall ). Then assuming I can remove it -
could I use a new section scabbed with a steel plate (maybe 1/4in)?
I think I'd have enough room to insert a 1/4"x 2" wide steel plate with screws to act as a scab.