Tuesday 30 April 2013

Floor joists & pipework

It is inevitable that pipes need to be laid in suspended timber floors and in many cases floor joists notched to accommodate the pipework.  But there are strict rules for this and limitations, and it should be obvious that sawing nearly through a floor joist is going to end in disaster.  So why do I see it so often?

The example above is a destroyed floor which will require replacement joists, necessitating the removal and replacement of the ceiling to the room beneath. – a huge cost and very distressing for the client.

Any significant notching of joists for pipework MUST be overseen and supervised by a structural engineer, for obvious reasons, to avoid instances such as this example above.

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