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MidwestTim
Floor Joist Repair

Hello,

My single-floor ranch house was built in 1963. I recently discovered a split floor joist in the basement. The joist is 2x8x12 and there is a split running for most of the joist. The crack appears to be from knots/stress. I do not see signs of water or insect damage, and the two pieces are slightly out of line with each other now.

The crack, in some spaces, has an inch gap between the two pieces. I want to address this, but I'm concerned that sistering this isn't feasible given the size/length of the split.

I have every intention of removing the wiring that currently goes through the joist, but even with that out of the way, I'm wondering if sistering is really the way to go hear. Can anyone provide any thoughts? I've included pictures below and hope they provide enough information to provide some feedback.

If it would work, I imagined jacking the broken piece back to being almost in position, slathering wood glue in the crack, jacking it the rest of the way, then sistering the whole thing for the full length. After that, I'd replace the brackets.

Thanks, in advance, for your time!

Midwest Tim

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