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    Default Cuts through the bearers

    Hi,

    I am thinking about getting my subfloor restumped as the brick piers have sunk and the floor is spongy, however, I noticed that the bearers have been sawn through directly above the piers (not the whole way through but I assume enough to weaken(?)) - is this a major issue?
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    Also noticed one of the bearers has some damage - is this working getting fixed at the same time as the restumping?

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    Cheers
    Ben

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    The plastic shims shout that it already has had some attention in the recent past. The cuts probably were put in to provide a flex point during the adjustment. Personally I would prefer to see shims both sides but it is probably more than adequate.
    The damage looks to be a minor sap line I wouldn't be worried about it.

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    As above.

    The cuts are put part way through the bearer to “cripple” it, this is often done to get the bearer to sit flat and straight. Support for the bearer should be directly under or both side of the cripple.
    If the damage you are referring to is the sap line it has been there since the bearer was installed.

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    Thank you both - that's good to hear re: sap line. I had no idea what it was!

    I'm hoping to get the piers rebuilt soon (and potentially some more added for extra support) if I can find somebody to do this which will resolve the issue of it not being supported on both sides.

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