Sister (joists) are doing it for themselves
August 25, 2011 11:27 AM Subscribe
How hard is it to "sister" floor joists or is it something a reasonably skilled home handy man/woman could do without breaking the bank?
posted by wwax to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We are looking to buy a 90 year old house and a home inspection has revealed that several of the floor joists in the basement have had foot long lengths removed or have been heavily notched to allow ducting to go through and one of them is starting to split.
The engineer we had come out said that the joists were not super bad but simply needed to have sister joists put on to stop things getting worse. There is only ever so slight uneveness in the floor above in one room, and well within "its an old house" tolerances and the engineer did not think it was a problem so we would not need to jack up or re level anything just put in the sister joists and reroute about a metre of ducting.
The person we are buying from is dithering about getting the repair done as she has over invested in the place and having seen other repairs they have done we worry about the quality of the work. We would like to simply say take x amount from the price and do it ourselves to simplify everything.
We are both reasonably confident at DIY type things, and I have FIL that has built extensions and decks and the engineer is going to include descriptions of just what needs to be done in his report
So basically I am just wanting to know is it as simple it sounds to do (ie glue and screw/bolt joists on either side of the ones that need supporting) and that we haven't missed anything and also we'd like suggestions on what would be a fair discount on the house price allowing for our time and materials.