Joist Notch Repair question
That is a half moon notch on the bottom chord, and it exceeds IRC R502.8 limits. Talk it over with the code official who failed it and find out what he'll pass, either a relocate/repair, or reinforcement. He may require an engineer to be involved if you want to reinforce. I see this all the time. I am baffled as to why contractors don't do it the right way the first time. He could have gone through the center of the joist using a 28 dollar reinforcement plate and called it a day. Instead he went with the half moon and left a mess for posterity. Half moon notch reinforcements are certainly doable, but not as quick and cheap as a center joist reinforcement plate.
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