JACK THE FLOOR­ING & SIS­TER

Old House Journal - - Salvage It -

If the floor­ing it­self is no­tice­ably sloped, such that large gaps have opened be­tween floor­ing and base­board, rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion by jack­ing up the floor­ing, not the joist, un­til fas­ten­ers are ex­posed. Cut the nails or screws with a metal cut­ting blade. At­tach a new, straight joist to the orig­i­nal (called sis­ter­ing) and through-bolt the as­sem­bly. The sis­tered lum­ber does not have to ex­tend into the pocket or be the same width as the orig­i­nal joist. Then sim­ply re-nail the floor­ing to straight­ened, sis­tered joists.

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