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Termite and water damage repair help!!!!

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I started a project that I can't seem to figure out. It started with wanting to sister badly cut and drilled joists that sag and have cracks. It turned into a lot more of a structural project with sill plates, joists, ledgers, bottom plates and studs. I've already eliminated the leaky water heater and cast iron drain pipes that where most likely the cause. I've also purchased bora-care to take care of the infestation. Now on to the head scratcher......

I'll upload pics and drawings to explain the best I can. It's a combo of platform and balloon framing. Built in 1880, and 2 separate additions done some time after the 50's. It's a 2 story house, the additions done to the house are only 1 story with crawlspace and flat roof.

Also, i'm on a tight budget. So calling a builder or structural engineer isn't possible anytime soon.

I'm trying to replace the sill plate, joist end,studs and bottom plate at the moment. I'll worry about the joists later. The area use to be an exterior wall. Thank you for reading, and i appreciate any help.


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Ignoring the cut out damage for now, I'd look at the water/termite damage first and figure out what structural part needs repairs. The sill can be cut in pieces to remove but does not have to be replaced as long piece. In fact, I'm not sure if the sill in your drawing is a sill I know. Are your joists sitting on the foundation or on the sill? A notched joist like that will crack along the cut corner. The rim joist is not a rim anymore after the addition. If the addition is attached to the rim, you just have to see if the supporting structure is still good. You may be looking at tearing out lot more than necessary to make it look like the original, but it may be a work that is not needed. 3/4" spade bit will tell you a lot about the condition of the lumber.
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