Fixing a Sagging Joist
One of the scarier things that we found in our renovation so far is this sagging joist in the dinning room. Sagging is kind of a nice term considering that the beam was cut completely free of the wall and unsupported. We found the problem after we took down the drop ceiling in the dining room and noticed that the plaster on one side of the room had a really dramatic bow. After taking down some of the plaster we were able to expose the joist.
The really scary part is that the bathroom and very heavy claw foot tub is located directly above this point! Lucky for us we have pretty beefy old house joists and we were already replacing the ceiling here. We were able to secure the joist with joist hangers so that is wouldn't sag down and secure the floor above it. The blocks that we added are to level out the ceiling strapping between the dinning room and kitchen before we put up new sheet rock.