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Old 04-25-2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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sill replacement - length of sections


Need to replace the sill of my ranch. Just some parts. The easiest way to do this is obviously to jack 3 or 4 individual joists and replace a section at a time.

Is there anything wrong with doing 5 or 6 feet sections like that? Obviously for original construction, much longer boards were used. When ease of access was taken for granted....

Any tips or warning appreciated.

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Hi all, a quick clarification. It's the "sill plate", I'm replacing. The board on the concrete block foundation that the wall sits on.

Original boards used were very long - 10 foot 2x6s. I'm wondering if I can replace it using smaller sections (4-6 feet) which makes access easier.

Thoughts appreciated.

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Use as long as you can but you will end up using shorter lumber than the original. Depending on where you are (wind loads, earthquake considerations etc.) you'll need to work out how your going to attach the new sill lumber to the foundation. Check with your local building department on correct methods of attachment.
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Hi all, a quick clarification. It's the "sill plate", I'm replacing. The board on the concrete block foundation that the wall sits on.

Original boards used were very long - 10 foot 2x6s. I'm wondering if I can replace it using smaller sections (4-6 feet) which makes access easier.

Thoughts appreciated.
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