We have to replace a loadbearing wall in the center of our house due to extensive dryrot damage. Can anyone give me any feedback as to how to best support the ceiling during the demolition and rebuild?
The house is roughly 50 years old, the floor is slab on grade and there are two rough cut joists approx. 3x10 that run the length of the house sitting atop concrete block walls. The section that must be replaced is between the concrete sections and the rest of the attic appears to be 2x4 stock (there's a makeshift floor and the furnace and all the duct work, wiring and such makes it hard to say for sure).
It seems as though the main structural concern is not directly over the wall we need to replace but the furnace is, so we are proceeding with great caution.
We saw some jacks at *****, their weight was rated in elephants! on the package. I find that kind of non committal -at least a little obscure. Not that I would really know how much weight we need to support anyway!
So I'm looking for some general feedback if anyone has used the jacks or if temporary lumber framing would be better.
I know we should hire a contractor but there just isn't the money.
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