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Old 12-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Is sistering joists a safe way to get around "code" issues. I have some floor joists in a basement that need to replaced. If I didn't want to replace them and worry about any code problems would it be safer and easier to sister them? My buddy is coming over to help (he is a licensed contractor) but from a different state. Is there a way to find out what the "code" is for sistering joists if a "code" exists?

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Is sistering joists a safe way to get around "code" issues. I have some floor joists in a basement that need to replaced. If I didn't want to replace them and worry about any code problems would it be safer and easier to sister them?
The "code" is about providing minimum standards and guidelines so that every job doesn't require independent engineering surveys to see if what Tom, Dick, Harry and a case of beer came up with as a solution on Saturday afternoon will actually work.

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My buddy is coming over to help (he is a licensed contractor) but from a different state. Is there a way to find out what the "code" is for sistering joists if a "code" exists?
Some jobs still warrant having an engineer look them over.

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Why do they need to be replaced?
If this is not new constrution, such as an addition, and there is no wiring or plumbing involved then no code officer would or should be involved.
There is no codes I've ever heard of involving sistering floor joist.
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There are a few joists that are soft on the ends and I want to sister them up. Its not new construction and wouldn't require any plumbing or electrical work
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If there soft on the ends could be insects or moisture damage, Find out before replacing or it's going to happen again.
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There are a few joists that are soft on the ends and I want to sister them up.
Before, in the OP, you said:
"I have some floor joists in a basement that need to replaced"
...implying that the sistering was intended as a get by approach.

Which is it?
Not meaning to give you a hard time but...
But if you aren't sure then find out from someone who does know.

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Sorry, I have a few joists that are soft on the ends so I intend on sistering in new joists.

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