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Old 06-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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We are about to close on a home and our inspection gave us a few points to fix. This is our first home, but I have some home DIY experience and tools.

In our basement, the inspector (a structural engineer) stated this notched floor joist should be reinforced with a piece of steel. The steel would bolt to the joist and should sit on the stone foundation.

How long and thick should the steel be? How much better would a piece of channel be over a piece of angle? Any additional repair suggestions?


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Reinforced? Is there any unrotted wood to reinforce?

(This house is in Independence, right? )

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I would not worry about it, since there is the one joist next to it, which is the supporting member. If you want to replace it, you can, but all the load is actually being carried by that one that is behind the white flex tubing.

If you want the Home Inspector/ex-fry/burger flipper to be happy spend some money to pay for a Structural Engineer to come in, also along with a real electrician, not one that works for some company with the largest advertisement in the Yellow pages and prettiest trucks, since most have less than four years of experience, that they send on these kind of jobs to look stuff over.

Personally I would be more concerned about that Knob & Tube first off, then the one beam that again is not what is carrying the load, the other one in back is.
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Its truly in Kansas City (oh the Independence joke).

The joist isn't completely rotted, the picture makes it look worse. It was painted at some point, then notched, then wet, so it looks bad.

If it doesn't seem like a big deal, I won't worry about it right away. When we move in, I will take pictures and measurements.

The knob and tube isn't live anymore, someone was just lazy in removing parts of it. One of my first jobs will be to clean up the left overs.
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That is some old Timber. If I had to date it, I would have to say late 19th Century, old Farm house. What part of KC are we talking? A lot was old farm land before build up, especially places like "Dog Patch", Lee's Summit, Independence.
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Also need to get rid of that improperly run and wrong material that was used in that dryer vent.
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The house is in the West Plaza area from 1915.

The dryer vent is obsolete as well as the washer and dryer have been relocated to the main floor.

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