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    Default Ledger Over Door Support (3) 2" x 10" Girder

    Another professional framing job! This is one end of the girder that is being supported by a 2 x 4 ledger nailed to the interior face of the exterior door header.

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    Default Re: Ledger Over Door Support (3) 2" x 10" Girder

    These are the images that I intended to post with my message -- sorry!

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    Default Re: Ledger Over Door Support (3) 2" x 10" Girder

    Looks to me like someone replaced the outside band sill.

    1) Appears that the cut on the girder was made with a sawzall.
    2) Ledger holding up the girder was installed over the paneling.
    3) Why was the black cable run through the girder and not around the end?

    None the less it is still very wrong.


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    Default Re: Ledger Over Door Support (3) 2" x 10" Girder

    Hi Chris. Thanks for the comment. I agree that the ledger was installed over the paneling. Your thought that the girder was cut with a sawzall to allow for replacement of the band sill seems reasonable -- but after reviewing several other photos that I have, the lumber used for the band sill and the girder all appear to be similar in age and exact same coloration. if the band joist had been replaced, I wouldn't expect the color would match. The other end of the girder was also short - image attached.
    The ledger was installed to support the Girder because the top of the wall had moved laterally away from the beam. I have included an image of the bottom of the girder that shows where the beam was once partially bearing on the top plate of the exterior basement wall.
    The wall had a series of other issues. The concrete footing of this wall was 8" below grade. The masonry stem wall was constructed with hollow core, unreinforced CMUs placed in running bond. Daylight could be seen through cracks in the mortar head joints. The 2x4 framed portion of the wall did not appear to be anchored to the stem wall or the poured foundation wall. I have included some images of the unused anchor bolts at each end of the wall. In the anchor bolt image, you can also see the ghost lines of where the wall was once located relative to the poured section of the foundation.
    Along with the sawzall cut, I can't explain why the black wiring went through the girder while the white didn't. All wiring appeared to be original.

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