Originally Posted by Jack Hass
I started this project and got the joist in place, but I could not get it to stand up next to the other joist. There is not enough room to swing a sledge hammer to knock it in place. It was fairly easy to get the joist in the channel, one side sits on the foundation, and the other side sits on the metal beam running down the middle of the house.
I am going to look for some sort of router attachment that I can use to cut the edge off. I hope I don't have to take the joist back out of the crawl to cut it.
Thanks for the info.
I'm curious what the other guys think, but if you're still strugglling, notch the joist ends a 1/4'' so you can easily get it into place then shim the ends.
The bottle jack is a good idea
You might be able to lift the floor just enough to help stand the joist up. More importantly, you are sistering the joists for some reason. This is a good chance to remove any sag in the floor.
For example, the center may be sagging 3/4". Get the joists where you want them but don't nail them together just yet. With a couple 2Xs nailed together as a beam and spanning a few joists. you can jack up a section of floor to take out some if not all the sag. Once you are happy enough, nail them off, shim accordingly, then take the weight off the jack.
This may not be necessary, but while you're at it, straightening the floor should be looked at.