I am having my bathroom remodeled (I am not doing it myself). It's already
been gutted down to the studs. I was very happy to see that almost all of
the wood behind the tub and tile is totally fine. However, there is a small
bit of rot in one corner where a stud meets joist. The bottom of the joist
is slightly rotten due to an old bathroom leak that was fixed many years
ago. That area has definitely been dry for years. The area is about two or
three inches wide. I jammed a screw driver in there and it seems that the
rest of the wood in that area is very solid. If I had to guess, I'd say 75%
of the wood in that two inch section is solid with no discoloring from
water, etc. I will point this area out to the contractor, but is this
something that will have to be replaced? The stud seems totally fine, it's
just the joist part on the bottom. Would a sister joist be appropriate in a
situation like this, or can some sort of epoxy be used to reinforce the
To add a bit here: if you have dry rot it can spread, so your
contractor may want to stop that by applying a liberal dose of
Cuprinol or similar material to the critical areas. If you can't find
Cuprinol, there may be treatments at boat shops that work well too.
The sistering pieces probably should be treated wood as well. HTH
If this was my house, I'd fear collapse, and living in a house that
could collapse at any second is not a comfortable feeling. I'd feel
much safer living in a rental apartment or even in my car. You will
always be living in fear, and living a life of fear only adds to poor
health, can cause stress, anxiety, and even a stroke or heartattack.
I'm sure you dont want to live like this, always wondering if the
house is going to collapse. You are living on borrowed time. If the
house suddenly collapses, you will likely die from being crushed, or
at least suffer from serious injury. What's more important, a house,
or your life?
That junky house is trash and is overdue for demolition. Your only
resort is to get a bulldozer and flatten the whole house. Or you
might offer it to the local fire department for a practice burn, where
they will burn it down for you. Once the old dangerous house is gone,
you can begin to build a new, and safe house. I'd highly recommend
looking for another place to live immediately. Get out of that pile
of garbage wreck before it falls, which could be be as soon as one
second from now. Get a short term rental, or a trailer house to live
in until your old shanty is demolished and your new home is completed.
Note: As soon as you are moved out of that dangerous house, be sure to
board the door and windows shut, and place a "Condemned - Keep Out"
notice on the door. That way if someone enters and the place
collapses, you are protected from liability. Of course you must
maintain liability insurance too.
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