04:48AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 04/28/03
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We are re-building an old house. The floor joist and sills are mostly rotten. Some have had termite damage. Most of the walls are still good. We have to replace the boards between the foundation and the wall. I'm not sure what that is called. (Sill?) What is the safest and easiest way to remove these boards to replace them? Should we jack up the part of the house we are working on at that time? And, if so, are there any braces in particular we should use for support? We will probably have to replace these boards all the way around. Is there an easier way than jacking? Thanks


10:22AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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Here is a link to the info you are looking for, it's too in depth to explain it on a forum.

I would say the "sill repair & jacking" article

This is professional grade of work, so I would suggest you would need to have a construction company or experienced carpenter & possibly a structural engineer work with you.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


10:24AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Link didn't work... put "sill repair & jacking" for the search it will bring up the article I refer to.


01:48PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 04/28/03
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Thanks. I've paid the $5 and downloaded the article. I haven't read it yet but I'm sure it will have some useful information.

Mark Hammond

05:44PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
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The parts of the house that you will be working with are the sill, (the joists normally rest on the sill on the outside of the house), and the boxboards or rim joists that are the perimeter "joists" that surround the outside of the house.
To replace these you don't always need to jack up the area but if you need to then use commercial screw jacks. They can be rented at most rental centers. Jack only what you need to remove the sills and other rotted pieces. It shouldn't be much that you will have to go up. The rule of thumb with these jacks is after you have made contact with the area to be raised then make one turn per day on the jacks in order to keep from cracking any walls. Again you shouldn't be worried too much here because you won't be going very high.
I would do the sills etc. in sections and that may mean cutting them into smaller pieces in place. For this use a drill to make the initial hole and then a redip saw to cut through the sill or rim joist. You can use a good wood preservative to protect the new wood You may have to use splices where you cut and match the new work because the joists will be in the way where the joints would normally go....Good luck....MJH


09:10AM | 04/30/03
Member Since: 04/28/03
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Great! Thanks for the information. I think it will be very helpful. I appreciate all the input!


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