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Old 01-11-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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Floor trusses not properly supported


Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum so please bear with me. I recently bought a townhouse, had the inspection, etc, and everything seemed fine. However, after purchasing the home, my dad noticed a potential problem with the recessed floor trusses supporting the living room. The right side of the beams extend into the cement wall, however the left side go right up to the center support beam but are resting on a random 2x3, which is nailed in. There are also many nails driven in through the trusses themselves directly into the center support beam. See pictures.

My questions are A) Is this against code (I'm located in NJ, I'm assuming yes?) and B) How can I fix or add support to these trusses on the left side without completely replacing them? Someone recommended Simpson joists but I couldn't find specific one's that would wrap around the 3.5"+ trusses. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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From what I can see in your photos that does not look good.
I would put some of these on those trusses
http://www.strongtie.com/products/co...s/THA-THAC.asp
wrap the strap around the top of the beam and fill all the holes with the called for nails.
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I'll agree that sucks. But, the code does allow floors to be supported to studs and beams by nothing more than a 1x4 ribbon strip, very similar to what you have. Based on the dimension of the ribbon strip they used on the side of the wood beam and its positioning I would not approve what I'm seeing.

I agree that some face mount floor truss hangers should be added. Be sure to get the right width and depth of hanger. Don't go with top mount hangers because you can't access the top of the beam for nailing very easily. You'll probably need to order them from a lumberyard, as they won't be an off-the-shelf item for most places. After installing hangers you can lose that ribbon strip.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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I'm in Somerset County, in Branchburg. Let me know if you want me to stop by and look at it. Also, if you're in a homeowner's association, talk to them and explain what the issue is. I really have no idea, but you might need to to talk to them, since it's a townhouse.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:53 PM   #5
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Look to me by the jagged edges on that piece of drywall that a load bearing might have been removed.
Why are those joists lower than the others? Does the floor step down in that section of the house?
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Yes, the room is about a foot lower than the rest of the first floor.
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