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Old 11-24-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Pulled some paneling in our place only to find water damage to the drywall behind. We were going to replace it eventually, so decided to just do it now. When we pulled the drywall, found that 3 studs and the lower 2x4 from a window frame have significant water damage. They're dry now, but are very frail in places...tap them and pieces fall off.

The thought right now is to simply nail in studs right next to them. Are we headed in the right direction? Other thoughts?

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Adding sister studs can sometimes be an option but if the wall is load bearing and the studs supporting the header are damaged they should be replaced.

Post a picture of that area showing from floor to ceiling.

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:22 AM   #3
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Replace the offending members so the new can be installed exactly where the old is now. This way the measurements will be correct when it comes time to cover it all up with drywall or whatever.
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Pictures wouldn't be available until tonight/tomorrow

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Replace the offending members so the new can be installed exactly where the old is now. This way the measurements will be correct when it comes time to cover it all up with drywall or whatever.
The tricky thing with this is that the room was framed off in such a way that the studs don't line up with friendly OC measurements from either wall. One added benefit of tacking in sister studs is we could at least have a stud @ 8 feet.
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Well there ya go. If it started off screwy no reason to change any of that just finish it up screwy.
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Replace the offending members so the new can be installed exactly where the old is now. This way the measurements will be correct when it comes time to cover it all up with drywall or whatever.
If you sister each stud on the same side it will have no effect on layout.


To the op. You should fix it right. Dont just pass it off as well it was screwed up in the first place. Post the pictures as previously asked for.
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Dry rot is a fungus and needs to be treated or removed. It is caused by moisture so you need to make sure the leak is repaired. Some leaks only happen when the wind is blowing a certain way and is raining. Do a search on dry rot, lot of information out there. If it is not done correctly it may spread to the new studs.
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Mikey is right, no matter what fix you come up with you have to find and fix the source of the leak.

That, I think, should be a priority.

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Moisture is no longer a concern...There's now an attached garage on that side of the house. The moisture resulted from a window that has since been removed because of the garage.
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Here's some pictures from the area in question:







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Don't over-think this, you no longer have the water infiltration problem great.
Sister on to or take out the existing studs (may be the better thing), Drill holes in new studs for electrical, Cut out the insulation nicely around the electrical boxes, de-laminate the insulation and surround the conduit with the insulation.
Vapor barrier the insulation and re-install drywall.

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