Recent tornado caused a lot of rebuilding needed to my neighbor's home, he has hired a contractor who has started the work but I am questioning some of his decisions. The attached photos show termite damage in a couple of spots on the header joist, sill plate & outside joist. The contractor says damage is fine since it is not load bearing and can be covered up by the new sheeting and siding. In my opinion, they are load bearing as the subfloor and walls are sitting on the damage and they should be replaced. Am not a professional by any means and is why I am reaching out for other professional opinions.
Absolutly should be replaced . The termites will come back or carpenter ants will get in get in there. If he is saying that's not load bearing than what is? Tour right the floor and walls and roof all sit on that. Ig should be replaced with new LvL beam.
First and foremost that is definitely load-bearing and should be replaced. If your contractor had any carpentry knowledge whatsoever he would agree and I don't understand it means more money in his pocket so it sounds like he is a fly-by-night and I would get rid of him and hire a trusted Pro contractor in your local area.
From first look at the picture, the whole side seems to be load bearing.
However the on second look, even though that side is load bearing, that specific spot may not be where the point load is.. The point load should be transfered from the floor joist down the sill and onto the blocks. And those other pieces is blocking.
That conclusion is based on your picture only and there could be something different behind the blocking that we don't see so can't be sure.
Anyway with that said your contractor should still cut it out and replace that section. Regardless they should at the very least give you a price how much to replace it so you could make your decision.. It is not their house and they should not make that decision for you.
Yes those boards are load bearing. They should be replaced. It is ridiculous to have it all open and exposed, and not do it. Is this contract being paid through insurance or directly from you?
If through insurance, you will have to confirm they will pay for these replacements. If not, you will have to pay for these pirtions of the contract.
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