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mlapolt

02:51AM | 07/17/01
Member Since: 07/16/01
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My wife and I live in a small house with a huge unfinish attic. When our second child was born last ear, we realized that we did not have enought room for the whole family, so we decided to finishe the attic. I'm concerned about the attic floor framing however. Every contractor I had come look at the job told me that I would need to reinforce the existing 2x6 floor by sistering in 2x8's.

Well, after reviewing the costs involved in having contractor do the work, I decided to evaluate doing it myself. I only have on problem: Plaster.

The finished ceilings on the first floor are all plaster. As a result, a lot of plaster had oozed between the lath strips between the joists upstairs. Can I raise the sill (with 1" spacers) or do I have to notch out a trough in the oozed plaster for the sister joist to ride in?

OFIC

05:39AM | 07/17/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
28 lifetime posts
First I would get a structural engineer to look at the 2 X 6s and see if in fact you need to sister 2 X 8s. What is the distance between, 16 inches or 24 inches? You might get by with 1/2 or 3/4 tounge and groove plywood over the 2 X 6s

mlapolt

08:54AM | 07/17/01
Member Since: 07/16/01
3 lifetime posts
The 2x6's are 16" OC, and they're true 2x6's, not 1 3/4x5 1/2's, the house was built in the 30's when the used true lumber sizes. Any suggestions as to how to get in touch with a structural engineer?

OFIC

05:52AM | 07/18/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
28 lifetime posts
Look for A $ E Firms in your local area. Some roofing companies in this area also have engineers to determine if rafters and trusses for shake roofs can hold tile because shake are no longer permitted because of the fire hazard.

mlapolt

12:53PM | 07/18/01
Member Since: 07/16/01
3 lifetime posts
If by A & E your mean Architech and Engineering, I reached out for one today. Thanks for the tip.
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