Hello, very informative site. This will be my first post here and I just need a little advise. We are currently selling my mother-in-laws house and recently had it inspected by some potential buyers. The inspector found old termite damage in some floor joists and some of the sill plate and the rim joist. He recommended sistering the damaged floor joists. I felt capable of handling this because the basement is not finished and the joists are only 10 foot long. Well....when I started digging around I noticed the sill and the rim joist are completely destroyed! I mean its nothing but mud.
So...I need to replace 10 foot of sill, 10 foot of rim joist and the next two floor joists. My question is.......Can I safely replace ( or sister ) the damaged floor joists, and then jack up that part of the floor just enough to dig out the bad stuff and replace it? These floor joists are parallel to the rim joist if that matters. Also I noticed the sealing material between the sill and the foundation looked like a piece of metal flashing with some fiberous insulation attached to it. Would this by chance have asbestos in it? Any advise or comments would be welcome.