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Old 07-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Crossbeam in joist bay- needed? (Vocab approximated)


I'm working on a bathroom fan install, and my wife's preferred location has a little cross piece between joists that is interfering with the duct run. I can move the fan to the other side, but I'd like to know if this piece has any critical function or if I could take it out- or even remove it and replace it about 18 inches away. Thoughts?

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Old 07-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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That block is probably there as a nailer because they didn't use tongue an groove plywood for the sub-floor. If that is the case then I would not remove it.

Look down in the hole and see if there's another block like it 4' away.
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I think we have a winner! I hadn't thought of it being used to fasten the subfloor.


Interestingly, for 10' towards the run of my duct (runs towards the open attic) there are no other cleats like this, but when I looked behind me they are regularly spaced. I am guessing then that the attic subfloor doesn't have cleats like this, and they start 8ft inside the 2nd floor bedroom.

So I will be sadly informing my wife that we should move the fan.

Thanks so much for the quick response!
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Something wrong here.
If that's an attic above that someone laid plywood down on the floor for storage 2 X 4's laying flat are useless.
There also should be insulation above that ceiling.
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