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Default How much damage can a House sill plate take?

Thanks John, for your help... a few questions below:

On Apr 23, 10:01 am, "John Gilmer" wrote:
If "significant" wood has been eaten away your sill plate isn't
really spreading the load but only acting as a cushion between the
joist and the concrete.

Would you happen to have a magic number on the percentage of wood
damaged? 10%, 20%?

Frankly, the odds are good that the termites have gotten into the
joists either through the sill plates or via the "end plates."

What do you classify as an "end plate"?

Do the "philips screwdriver" test and do some hard probing of the
sill and the joists. You may well find that what looks like sound
wood is actually hollow.

I did the screwdriver test... existing wood is good... as you said,
I'll need to figure out the load, and if "patching" can help with the

Thanks again,

Do yourself a favor - spend a few bucks for a structural engineer to come
look at it.



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