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Old 02-21-2008, 08:49 AM   #1
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How to fit joist hangers on "swollen" joists

The 2x8 joists in our 1930's built home within the basement are in need of some reinforcement (via joist hangers) since over time they have started sagging in a few areas.

I've purchased a number of the Simpson 2x8 hangers and have attached them to the joists that will fit them, however as I've come to find, a number of the joists have "swollen" in width and are now closer to 2.5x8, causing the hangers not to fit.

What is the proper solution for hanging/reinforcing these swollen joists? Ideally I'd prefer to simply reinforce with hangers as opposed to sistering them, but not sure that there are hangers that will fit this situation.

Appreciate the help!


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Old 02-21-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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It might be that you have REAL 2 x 8 lumber :} It may be necessary to either sand the heck outta them of chisel a rabbit to fit hangers into. For the heck of it I would call simpson and talk to them, there may just be hangers that are just not on shelves for the older lumber :}:}


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Old 02-21-2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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Use a 3" hanger with 1X material to fill the gap or you could use 1 7/8" face mount hangers designed for I-joists but the cost would be more.
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