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rlc2052 12-12-2007 01:14 PM

Open Joist. Is this safe??
 
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I was inspecting my house to see what kind of load bearing my floors could take. I have an open joist system that uses 11.75" joists with 24" in-between them. When building the house, the contractor connected the joist to the wall by cutting back the bottom 2X4 so that it does not connect to the cinder block wall. Only the top 2X4 goes into the cinder block.
How bad is this, and how can I support this better?

Thanks



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