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  1. Building & Construction
    Old lumber joist is split due to being notched. They cut the bottom half of the 2x8 out so there is a 2 inch gap the hanger can’t bridge. My idea for repair is to add a 1/2 or 1/3 length sister with nominal, then add blocking under where they notched so that I can use a double hanger to support...
  2. Flooring
    I have a similar question out on another thread but this one is a bit different so I will give it a shot here. I live in a 1910 1 and 1/2 story house. The second level was built on 2x6 (1.5 X 5.5 actual) floor joists. One section has the span at about 12 feet which I know is too far for those...
  3. Carpentry
    I live in a 1910 1 and 1/2 story house. The second level was built on 2x6 (1.5 X 5.5 actual) floor joists. One section has the span at about 14 feet which I know is too far for those joists. Currently this part of the house is a half bath but I am planning to convert it to a full bath. My...
  4. Building & Construction
    Old farmhouse built in 1952. Actual 2x6 dimensional floor joists on 20" centers. The crawlspace is quite damp and there is a lot of mold and mildew on the existing joists and exposed subflooring. The house has settled quite a bit, needs leveling and some of the floor has a bit of bounce...
  5. Building & Construction
    I discovered termites in my house, my guess is there was probably more than one colony over the years. I used Termidor and the wood eaters have been destroyed. There is some damage to a few floor joists (2x8). I took my 3 speed impact driver I tested a bunch of areas on speed 1. I cant get a...
  6. Insulation
    Hey everyone. Newbie here. Doing a bathroom remodel. 1 story ranch house, built in 1978, brick exterior. 2000q ft. Bathroom is 8'X13' and sits at the back corner of the home. 2 of the walls are load bearing outside walls. Have questions about insulating the roof rafters, and removal of the...
  7. Building & Construction
    I have a 24'X 24' 1.5 story cottage which has three sistered beams running from front to back and sitting on concrete block piers. Each beam is made up of three sistered 2X12s spiked together. Unfortunately the front end of the centre beam has started to rot at the front end as it is exposed to...
  8. Building & Construction
    The foyer of my house is a pretty small area (about 5'x5') and it protrudes from the house. It has its own set of floor joists, that run about 8' through here and through the closet. I recently tore up the circa-1928 mortar bed in here, as it had cracked badly. Planning on installing a plywood...
  9. Flooring
    Here's the issue: Third floor of my house used to be the roof, a flat roof. House was built in 1885 and a third floor was added around 1920. Apparently they didn't care about the 8" difference over twenty feet. Normally I would pull the sub-floor and sister joists to get my level floor...
  10. Building & Construction
    We have a two story home with an attic that's not used. We would like to remove a wall to make our living room (which is on the first floor) bigger. The wall supports the second floor (which has a bedroom and closet) and the wall between the bedroom and closet is directly above the wall we want...
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