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Author Topic: "Scabbed In" termite repair - is it acceptable?  (Read 7360 times)

Offline Vermifuge

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"Scabbed In" termite repair - is it acceptable?
« on: March 28, 2006, 11:34:18 am »
I walked through a house a couple days ago that had a slope in the kitchen floor.
In the unfinished basement I found jacks holding up the floor joists in several places,
and a 2x6 stood on-end under the spot where the floor was sinking.

On closer inspection I found, what I think, was sever termite damage to the joists.
There was clearly previous repairs done, where new 2x6s were nailed along-side the damaged joists.
I was told by a contractor that the repairs were "Scabbed in".  
To my eyes it looked like the repairs were butted into the main joists which appeared to have termite damage as well.
The contractor I talked with, who had not seen the property, said the house
could be jacked up, and the joists replaced for $10,000 - $15,000.

The realtor I'm working with says she has seen this "Scabbed in" type of repair before, and thinks it's acceptable.
I want to make an offer on the house that takes into consideration my rehab costs plus the joist replacement cost. The realtor says she doesn't think it's necessary to include the termite repair cost.
Has anybody else seen "Scabbed in" repairs, and found them acceptable?
Will a buyer think that's OK?
Thanks,
Vermifuge

Offline kdhastedt

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Re:"Scabbed In" termite repair - is it acceptable?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006, 01:34:45 pm »

2X6s scabbed onto the side of the floor joists are not an acceptable repair of a structural element of a building.  If it were, they wouldn't use joists, they just scab a series of 2X6s together instead.  The realtor that you're using wants a commission.

The floor is sloping because of a lack of structural support.  If the joists are rotten/termite damaged, there's a good chance that the sills are, too...

What did the licensed inspector say?

What did the property disclosures say?

Keith
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Offline WGGJR

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Re:"Scabbed In" termite repair - is it acceptable?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006, 01:32:27 pm »
http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=19419

Try this site. It explains a bit on how to support rotted joists. Also, try using a structural repair kit. A kit will come with a consolidant which hardens any soft wood and a two part epoxy that fills in the damaged rot. The epoxy, if mixed properly, will be stronger than the wood. Then run a joist beside the one you,ve repaired. I've done this to my own home. I had a rotted sill and a couple of rotted joists. I used the patching compound and then supported the repaired structure. I looked in the yellow pages and found a foundation repair company that advertised free estimates come out and look at what I did to see if I needed any further repairs. The guy came out and said that what I did looked good and would do the job, he did suggest an additional support six feet from the sill. Hope this helps :)

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