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andysmith

09:32AM | 05/15/06
Member Since: 01/15/06
3 lifetime posts
I moved in this 1920s built house at the end of last year. The floor joists look brittle. Recently i found some cracks on the floor joists ( I am sure they were there for a long time), some are long, some are short, some are visible, some are not that visible. And there is a pretty small area on one joist that has some termite damage ( I guess it's termite, but not sure, the area is about 2"x10"). As a result, my first floor produces some squeaky, funny noise when we walk on it, and it is not very leveled. My questions are:

1) are these problems (joist cracks, little termite damaged area) common in the house this old?

2) if i want to put some sister joists on, who should I call? a floor specialist, a carpenter or some one else?

3) how can i tell the termite is under control, if there is any.

Responses are appreciated

iraspira

07:04PM | 03/19/07
Member Since: 03/18/07
1 lifetime posts
1) are these problems (joist cracks, little termite damaged area) common in the house this old?

---YES, IN MANY OLDER HOMES THESE ARE COMMON PROBLEMS.

2) if i want to put some sister joists on, who should I call? a floor specialist, a carpenter or some one else?

---A GOOD CARPENTER/REMODELLER WILL PROBABLY BE YOUR BEST SHOT. ALSO, A GOOD FLOORING CONTRACTOR MAY KNOW OF A CARPENTER TO DO THE JOB.

3) how can i tell the termite is under control, if there is any.

---HARDER TO ANSWER. LOOK AROUND AT THE OTHER JOIST AND BELOW THE JOIST FOR 'FINDS' DROPPINGS FROM THE ANTS/BEETLES/TERMITES. MAY BE TREATABLE WITH 'TIM-BOR' OR SIMILAR BORATE PRODUCT.

flooringworldDOTorg

11:08AM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
call in a framing contractor for repair of the joists.

call in a pest removal specialist for the termites.

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