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Old 08-23-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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Ordinarily while jacking floor joists...

So from what I understand, ordinarily when you're jacking up floor joists you go 1/4" at a time and you expect to hear creaking and groaning.

I've had to jack up floor joists more than that, even 1" at a time, just to get them off the "supports" I'm removing to put in my temporary support beams. Not a sound. Am I deaf? Is my house built from wet noodles?

On one hand I'm wondering if something ain't quite right. On the other, I'm wondering if this means I might have enough flexibility in my structure that I have a good chance of being able to straighten it out before I start sistering and getting the structure into a better state. I.E. the old structure will conform well to the newer more rigid structure.


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Old 08-23-2011, 08:43 AM   #2
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If you hear nothing and see nothing, I wouldn't worry about it. As long as you adjust the temporary supports as you go, the load will be supported properly.


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