Insect damaged main beam

Old 10-16-04, 07:48 AM
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Insect damaged main beam

I have a main beam that was eaten in some parts by insects. Back in 1974 the whole basement was treated for termites and there has not been a problem since. We are now thinking of selling our house. The beam is fine however it might scare a prospective buyer. It is a 2 story farm house with a 7' ceiling in the basement. The house is very sturdy but it just may need to be replaced to ease a buyer's mind.The beam is made up of 3 2x8s. The span is about 24' with the supports at 8' apart. How difficult a job is it for a do it yourselfer?
Old 10-17-04, 02:17 PM
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Perhaps you could sister (sandwich) the beam between two new 2x8s.

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