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1927Craftsman

03:01PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 04/17/03
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I have a Craftsman style home built in 1927. It is settling more on the outside edges of the foundation (front and back of house) the floor joists only run half the depth of the house and stager on a middle support beam, and they look to be only 2 X 8’s is there something I can do to strengthen this up?

homebild

03:43PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
So far you haven't described any problem.

Floor joists typically 'stagger' half way onto a central bearing beam.

Depending on the span, species of lumber, whether they are true 2"x8" joists, and their spacing on center...your current joists can be entirely acceptable for your floor load needs.

Likewise, if your 'front' and 'back' walls are not load bearing, it shouldn't much matter if there is any daylight at the point they join the foundation since there are no loads being transferred here.

Please describe in detail what you are seeing. For the moment I see no problem.

Piffin

07:46PM | 04/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Agreed.
In a house this old, substandard carpentry would have shown up before this. It is more likely that current settling in is due to rot or insect danage softening the wood.

1927Craftsman

06:33AM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 04/17/03
20 lifetime posts
I realise this is std op's but I thought the floor joists were a lil small. I also thought the with the gable ends on the side of the house, that the front and back would be load bearing walls.
The house is about 26' deep and the span between the front wall, and the center beam, and the center beam and the back wall is about 13'
Rot and insects are not a factor, I am thinking that its a combination of not enough support, and poor soil under the house.

Mark Hammond

11:06AM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
All exterior walls should be loading bearing. As far as stengthening the joists you can "sister" them which means to double them up at intervals or on every joists if necessary...MJH
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