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TrailerParadise 01-18-2013 03:25 PM

How to brace studs that are attached to a rotten base board?
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I know you cant see the exact spot in the picture, but at the very bottom of these wall studs there is a stud that runs along the floor that all of these studs nail into. It sits directly on top of the sill board. This board is rotten, and some of it has fallen away. I am a little afraid that when i go to nail sheetrock into it, the wall might break loose. That is how little board is left. However, i cant easily replace it, because this wall is loadbearing and if it falls, the roof falls and the place is finished. Is there a way to brace the studs to where they wont break loose? The solution must be able to be hidden behind drywall.

wrongdave 01-18-2013 03:51 PM

I'm not really familiar with trailer construction, but you really need to look into replacing, repairing, and/or reinforcing whatever it is that is rotted. It's not usually as difficult as it sounds. Pics of the rotted framing component would help though.

joecaption 01-18-2013 05:08 PM

Oh the joys of working on an older mobil home.
To get the bottom plate out your going to need to at least remove the screws on the outside, prop the siding out away from the and cut the nails off between the plate and the studs, cut the bottom plate between the studs to make it easyer to remove.
Pry it up away from the sub floor and cut the nails off even with the subfloor.
If you do it in 8' sections you should be able to get a new one in with a little tapping.
Make sure any joints end up in the middle of a stud.
I'd replace it with a piece pressure treated.

joed 01-18-2013 05:56 PM

First you need to build a temporary new stud wall about a foot inside the old one. This will support the load as you remove the rotted wood and replace it.

TrailerParadise 01-18-2013 07:39 PM


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