I am in the process of finishing my basement and there are a 4 joists that were cut in half and then sistered to another board for support. The problem, I’m told, is that the sister boards don’t go from support to support, they are about 1 foot short. I’m told this is in violation of code and needs to be fixed before I close things up.
I’ve been playing with the idea of just adding a couple half walls as support for the joists, but the more and more I think about that the less I like it.
Should I replace the joists? Or perhaps add yet another sister board that spans the whole distance between supports? Or should I tear out the exists joists and replace them with something new.
The builder did this, for whatever reason it passed inspection. And I’m sure replacing the joists is a lot of work, but fortunately at this point they didn’t use much construction adhesive at all so the boards will only be nailed to the subfloor.