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        I have a crawl space in my home. Running on top of the joists is a board that runs the length of the house perpendicular to the joists. It does not appear to connect to any of the rafters for the roof. I had a ceiling fan installed over the weekend and in order to run the electric down through the wall to the outlet the electrician had to cut a 6" piece out of the board running across the joists.

        I was concerned about two things. One is the board that runs on top of the joists simply a walking board? Two, is it necessary to replace the board or a structural issue?

        I do not use the crawl space for storage and it has blown in insulation.

        Hopefully that makes sense. Any help would be appreciated.
         
        Posts: 3 | Registered: Aug 23, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        What kind of board? Is this a 2x something or a piece of plywood or OSB?


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        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 620 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        It is a 2x4 lying flat.
         
        Posts: 3 | Registered: Aug 23, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        JCH,
        So we're talking about rafters and joists not roof trusses correct? A picture would help. Is this in the middle of the house or towards the end?

        Truss - http://www.truswood.com/images...ses%20lrg%201%20.jpg

        Rafter: http://www.finehomebuilding.co...r-model-SketchUp.jpg


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 620 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        As long as we are talking about terminology the crawlspace is the area underneath of a house. The attic area is above the ceiling where the rafters are. Could it be possible that someone had made an error in determining the heigth of the wall and laid the board upon the top plate to make up the difference. It is very unusual that an additional board would be laid upon the top plate where the rafters are secured. Is there a board completely around the perimeter of the house at that location? If the electrician had to cut the board to get through into the wall cavity which is directly under the top plate I assume it is laid directly upon the top plate. But I don't understand why he had to cut it. Generally you would drill a hole for a wire chase unless.... it was a blocking between the top plate and the rafter bay and it had to be removed to get to the top plate to drill.

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        Posts: 1730 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 27, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Red,
        We had what my dad called a crawlspace in our 1.5 story house that I grew up in. It was the area behind the knee walls on the second floor. Ours had a complete floor and we used it for storage. Other than that I do agree that the proper term for the area under the roof and above the living space is "attic."

        A picture from the OP would help A LOT!


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 620 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        May have been put in there during construction to keep everything on center so drywalling layouts will stay true.


        Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
         
        Posts: 1397 | Location: Central Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 02, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        OK, I know this isn't the right place to ask this, but I couldn't figure out how to ask it - does anyone know when Cool Tools will be looking for new tools for next season?
         
        Posts: 2 | Registered: Aug 23, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        No we are talking about rafters, not trusses. Sorry for the confusion regarding attic vs. crawl space.

        The board lies to the left of the center of the house and is a ranch home. I will try and post a picture.

        He told me that the board was across the top of the joists and was blocking the access to the wall plate and therefore a small section had to be removed to run the wire through.
         
        Posts: 3 | Registered: Aug 23, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        It is a 2x4 installed to space out the trusses during the construction process. While it will add some small amount of strength to the completed house, it is not really needed and can be cut or removed. Your electrician did no harm by cutting out that small section.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10132 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Since they are joists not trusses I'd say it was placed there during construction to keep the joists in line until the rafters were added. Cutting it out now won't cause your house to fall down. If it will make you feel better you could add a piece of 2x4 that spans 4 or 5 joists to replace what was lost.

        Marhold,
        There is a cool tools board further down, but no one here or there will know the answer unless it is available on the internet.

        It looks like it is still running, but I don't know if there are any new shows in the works. http://www.diynetwork.com/cool-tools/show/index.html


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 620 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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