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bignateyk 04-28-2010 02:39 PM

Damaged Sill Plate/ Rim Joist
 
I have an 8 foot section of my sill plate in the crawl space that has completely rotted away. The rim joist over this span has started to rot, and is deteriorating. This happened many years ago, and the house has already settled into its new place. The floor joists are now resting on the foundation.

I found the source of this problem (a concrete pad underneath the deck), and had it removed.

My question is, since I have removed the source of the problem, and the house has already settled, can I just leave the damaged sill plate/ rim joist? Or is the house in danger of collapsing because the rim joist is mostly deteriorated?

The sill was only 1/2" thick, so there isn't really anything noticeable since it settled (there is a slight dip in the hardwood floor above).

Yoyizit 04-28-2010 02:49 PM

Try driving in waxed 1/2" thk 2 by wood pieces with the leading edge beveled. Their length is your sill plate width. Use a wood block between the wedge and your maul to prevent splitting the wedges.

bignateyk 04-28-2010 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 434824)
Try driving in waxed 1/2" thk 2 by wood pieces with the leading edge beveled. Their length is your sill plate width. Use a wood block between the wedge and your maul to prevent splitting the wedges.

ok, that would take care of the sill plate. What about the rim joist? Is having a damaged rim joist ok as long as the source of the damage is taken care of?

kwikfishron 04-28-2010 06:54 PM

Wax wood will not fix your problem but a few pictures from the inside and out would be a good start.

One story house or three?

Yoyizit 04-28-2010 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by bignateyk (Post 434828)
What about the rim joist? Is having a damaged rim joist ok as long as the source of the damage is taken care of?

If it serves the same purpose as bridging, wouldn't additional bridging close to the joists fix this?


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