04:43AM | 07/12/01
Member Since: 07/05/01
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Our home inspector suggested we reinforce a floor joist that was cut to install the toilet drain pipe. The 8" joist is now really a 1" joist. We need to reinforce this to receive FHA loan approval. How do I go about reinforcing this joist?


06:24AM | 07/12/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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One suggestion: get 2 pieces of 2x10, about 4 feet long. Place them on either side of the cut 2x8 and make holes in them at the 2-foot mark for the pipe. Then bolt (not nail) them to the 2x8 in 4 places.
Make the cuts in the new boards as small as you can but still fitting around the pipe. The result is that you will have at least another 6 inches of 2-by thickness supporting that spot.
If there's plenty of room, you could go with 2x12 boards and make them longer than 4 feet for extra security.


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