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Old 05-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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I have a one-story home that have a wall partially destroyed by termites. The majority of the damage is in the center part of the wall, meaning one side of the wall is have little to no damages , about 5ft section and the the other side have about a 2 ft section without damage. How would I go about supporting the ceiling/wall to replace the damaged 2x4s???? The damage is from floor to ceiling, so every beam from floor to ceiling will have to be replace.

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Hello and welcome Southern, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

As for your question, a couple of pictures would help emmensely, when you say beam what exactly are you referring to?

Wall studs can be replaced (1) at a time, a beam on the other hand will be far more difficult as you will have to support temporarily what ever the beam is supporting.

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Or you can build a temporary support wall inside and the Remove and replace the section.

Are the top and bottom plates damaged too?
Really depends on the situation as to what is best to do.
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Vaulted ceilings or flat???

As mentioned posting some pictures here would be a good start.
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Pic are posted. Portion of top and bottom is damaged. This is a flat ceiling. Let me know what you think. I know I'm goingto have to replace wall boards also.....
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Thanks for the pictures but close ups of rot don’t help a lot.

How about a couple standing back showing the entire area inside and out so we can see what type of siding you have and what’s above this wall, second floor, roofline etc.

Also follow the instructions on how to post a photo so it shows up in your post so members don’t have do download and open your zip files.
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outside, attic, inside
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Is this house built on a slab?
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Yes, its on a slab. Well this section is anyway.
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Looks like you are going to have to remove some siding to get to the sill plate at a minimum. To support the ceiling while removing the top plate a temp wall will have to built, I would think that it have to be slightly taller than the exisitng wall to get the new plate in.

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Much better on the pics, thanks.

Your next step should be to get rid of the plastic and insulation to be able to see the extent of the damage. Itís looking like the siding is going to have to come off too. Luckily with vinyl siding you can remove and replace it fairly easily without damaging it.

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