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borgie81 07-25-2012 03:59 PM

not able to jack up garage
how can i replace rotted sill plate in freestanding garage that cannot be jacked up?

Yoyizit 07-25-2012 04:47 PM

The only force on a sill plate is a downward compressive force, with no tensile force trying to stretch the plate along its axis.

Assuming the plate runs north/south, remove rotted areas and, in an east/west direction, force wide pieces, wide in the n/s direction, of rot-resistant material with the compressive strength of wood into the spaces you are creating. Anchor these pieces to whatever you can, with fasteners or adhesive.

coupe 07-25-2012 04:49 PM

how is it built, that it can't be jacked up?

kwikfishron 07-25-2012 04:51 PM

More times than not you don't actually have to "jack up" anything.

Posting some pictures here would be a good start for some real advice for your particular situation.

mae-ling 07-25-2012 04:56 PM

Quite often the bottom of some studs can be rotten also.

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