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Question DetailsAsked on 8/22/2015

Replacing sill plate in sections

I'm thinking of replacing a 12ft sill plate in sections. I will replace 3ft sections at a time. Take out the rotten section and put a new pressure treated section. I would do this all around the room were the damage is. Then I will conneCT sections with metal plate.

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Commonly is, due to access issues. I would ask the building department what they say - though that brings in permit issues maybe, since this sound like a DIY job. The shorter the pieces, the more likely they will "follow" irregularities in the foundation, hence be out of level and possible cause wall drywall cracking, though 3' sections should not invoke a structural issue. Do not code requires at least the two anchor bolts per section I noted before.

Remember to use treated wood for the sill plates.

I personally would recommend, if going with short sections like that, using a 3 or 4-sided metal splice, using a Simpson strap like I indicated before on both sides (if you can get at both faces without peeling off siding unnecessarily), and a hammer-in truss connector or plate on the top - your local building official might buy off on only the side or top ones, not both, or might buy off on the truss connector plates but both top and bottom faces. Look like this - take a hand sledge to install -

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