Cut Ceiling Joist For Heater Vent
Cutting any ceiling joist for any
reason, could create problems and structural issues with your home
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that someone cut these two ceiling joist to install some type of wall heater and this isn't part of the original home's construction.
I seriously doubt if there will be any problems with a situation like this, but there could be. The building code states that flammable materials like wood, should be at the least 1 inch away from certain types of heating vents like this one.
You can always check with your local building departments to get more information, when you run into problems like these during your home improvement and remodeling adventures.
As you can see, someone cut the upper section of the ceiling joist at least 1 inch away, but didn't cut all the way down to the bottom, so that the bottom section of ceiling joist would sit on the 2 x 4 wall.
There's no doubt in my mind, that a structural engineer or most building departments would ever approve something like this.
Home Repair Tip: It's hard to explain how to fix something like this, so I'm going to leave it alone for now until I can find a picture, with an explanation.
Be patient and continue to educate yourself about home repairs, home remodeling and home construction, by working your way through the rest of the site.