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Old 06-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Floor joist cut in crawlspace


I recently purchased a new house in rather good condition and only 7 years old. Today I noticed that I had a crack in the stall shower pan and went in the crawlspace to inspect if there was any leak under it. I found to my horror that the joist that is right under the shower and the full size tub has been completely cut in order to let the drain pipe run, without any other reinforcement. It is obviously a flagrant violation of any codes and I am still pissed that the home inspector did not point it (it obvious if you go into the crawlspace - first time for me today :-( ). What should be done in order to re-inforce this cut and insure the structural integrity of my bathroom floor (especially the tub)?

How much can such a repair cost given the difficult access in a crawlspace?

Thanks a lot for your input, I feel like the dream of our dream house turned into a nightmare...
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:31 AM   #2
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I would install a new I-joist on each side of the one cut. Not really much that can be done since the top and bottom flange have been cut out.

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Given that this is a crawl space, consider getting an SE to design a solution that supports the curt ends of the truss from below.
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