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Lartrainer 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.

joecaption 04-17-2013 06:28 PM

Without a picture how would anyone know what will work?
If all these bottom plates are rotting out that would mean slab was pored to close to grade and this needs to be addressed or your going to be back replacing siding and plates again.

Lartrainer 04-17-2013 06:31 PM

Thanks for responding. I will post a picture in a moment It will be replaced from the inside. The outside is brick veneer. :-(

GBrackins 04-17-2013 07:40 PM


Welcome to the Forum! you may want to edit your profile to include your location. many answers to questions you may have are based upon your physical environment.

Lartrainer 04-19-2013 05:48 AM

Here is the closet from the outside--I will clean the debris and post better photos. This is just to give an idea of how small it is.

joecaption 04-19-2013 07:38 AM

For that small an area there should be no need to jack anything, just cut the old and replace.

Is that a PVC supply line?
Any way to get rid of the rest of that old steel pipe before it starts leaking?

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