How to Fix Cut Floor Joists?
Cut floor joists are one of the most common problems which you may encounter when fixing your home’s foundation. There are many different types of cuts made in floors, but all of them have one thing in common: they’re not straight!
They tend to be crooked or at least unevenly spaced. When repairing a ceiling, it’s very difficult to get the right angle on a ceiling joist because the roof is so high up. And if you try to use a jigsaw, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of dust instead of straight edges.
When fixing floor joists, it’s best to avoid using screws since they don’t always go into perfectly even holes and may cause problems later on down the road. That’s why it’s so crucial to get your house back into shape before you start doing any major remodeling work.
In order to avoid costly mistakes, it is imperative that you learn how to properly repair cut floor joists. You don’t want to spend money on a contractor who doesn’t know what they’re doing because if something goes wrong with their job, then you’ll end up having to pay for repairs yourself.
You could try cutting out the old joists yourself, but then you’d still need to put in new ones. Or you could hire someone else to do it for you.
The other option is to buy a joist cutter. These tools allow you to make straight cuts without having to worry about getting the exact size of hole or whether or not there will be any gaps between the pieces of wood after they’re cut off.
This tool gets inserted in the hole you’re cutting and then a handle is turned to make a circular saw come out at the bottom. This can then be pulled back, removing the cut piece of wood, and then it is pushed back in to make the next cut. It’s extremely fast and efficient, being able to remove up to 1 foot of wood in a matter of seconds. You may need to make several angled cuts to get the joist cut completely through at certain points, but that’s what the tool is designed for and it works very well.
Using a joist cutter can save you a lot of time and hassle and can make cutting out new floor joists a much easier task whether you’re doing it yourself or having someone else do it for you.
Floor Joist Repair Kit
Floor joist repair can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not experienced with the tools. But the most important part is making sure that you have everything that you need to finish the job.
And a floor joist repair kit should contain all of the necessary tools and parts that you will need for this type of job. Here’s what a good one will contain:
4 pieces of 2″ x 10″
Sources & references used in this article:
- Floor joist machine (WG Grutter – US Patent 4,221,246, 1980 – Google Patents)
- Method for straightening joists (S Schoeller – US Patent 4,038,803, 1977 – Google Patents)
- Vibration testing of timber floor systems (L Goring – Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry, 2018 – Routledge)
- Bridging for floor joists (LA Soltis, X Wang, RJ Ross, MO Hunt – Forest products journal, 2002 – fpl.fs.fed.us)
- Stiffening clips for floor joists and method for using the same (TG Pestak – US Patent 2,623,246, 1952 – Google Patents)