||04-17-2013 06:09 PM
Sole plate question
Hi everyone. I've lurked on the forum for years, but now have question that I can't find an answer to and need to post. :) I have a bottom floor, on concrete slab , load bearing wall that has been, for the most part, been rebuilt (house jacked, sole plate replaced and studs either completely replaced or scabbed). However, that was done 2 years ago. Since then, I moved my hot water heater out of a utility closet--that was on the same wall-- to a different location and what was left wasn't pretty. Finally having access to the "behind portion" of what was once behind the water heater I see a sole plate and bottom third portion of a stud that is nothing but dust and dirt. I'm sure it's been this way for years...yeeeuck! Anyway, my question is this: since both portions of wall on either side of this section (approx 32" ) has already been replaced/rebuilt, do I still need to jack or support the joists in order to replace that small section? Or, can I replace the sole plate of that area and wedge in a new stud? I'm all about doing it properly, but would gladly do the "easier" way if it's ok. Thanks for any input anyone can provide.