10:49PM | 01/06/05
Member Since: 01/06/05
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I need to replace two 2x10 joists in our kitcheen floor. They have old termite damage in the 2-3 feet closest to the sill. The sill is OK. The joists are open from the basement. Is it better to do the work from above (i.e., remove the kitchen floor and cabinets etc.) or from the basement?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


11:46AM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 12/01/02
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Are you saying that the joists are only rotting in the last 2-3 feet? If so, you may be able just to sister in new joists without going through the trouble removing the old ones. I'd cut out the rotten parts though. If you can access them from below then I don't see why you'd need to tear everything up to get to them. They should be nailed from the top but if they are sistered and you use glue on top of the joists then it will reduce squeaks.

Just a note that I'm not a structural engineer. You may want to ask your building department if this approach is acceptable.


07:02AM | 01/08/05
Member Since: 01/06/05
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I asked the "above" part of the question because there are cabinets above the to be repaaired location. I'm concerned about their weight even after I jack up and brace the beams being sistered. Am I off base on that? (Sorry for leaving that little detail out.)

Thanks for the idea on the local code inspector. Sistering should be OK since one of the three joists was done in that fashion prior to our moving in and the inspetor signed off on it. The glue idea is a good one too.

I appreciate the input. Thanks again.
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