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briand92

05:15PM | 03/23/03
Member Since: 03/09/03
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My house was built in 1926 and is in Iowa. I noticed several of the joists in the basement have cracks. The cracks are horizontal run from several inches long to several feet long. Most of the cracks come to either the top or the bottom of the joist they are on. Should I just bolt up some sister joists or should I hire somebody to come look at this. If I should hire somebody then what kind of contractor do I need? I've never hired somebody to look at this kind of problem. Thanks.

treebeard

02:47PM | 03/24/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Longitudinal cracks in joists such as yours are fairly normal, especially in older homes. Vertical cracks are of great concern, even if they're only hairline. Longitudinal cracks can become concerns if they reach the bottom of the joist, as you indicate some of yours do. Cracks to the top are not quite as significant. Sistering another member to the cracked joist is usually a good solution, but without actually seeing the problem, a professional inspection might be best for the long term. I'd ask around for a good framing contractor or general building contractor.
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