6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations

By Robert Robillard on Bathrooms, Remodeling

Reinforcing joists near shower drain

Reinforcing Joists with Plywood

Reinforcing joists with plywood is effective technique that allows you to add strength to and fix minor problems that are affecting floor joists. I apply 3/4 inch plywood to both sides of a joist as far needed or I can reach. I fasten it the joist with construction adhesive and 12-16d nails spaced every 16-inches on center.


In areas where I know the plumber will drill through my joist I will add plywood reinforcing and keep my nails out of the pipe path.

A quality piece of plywood is typically stronger than the corresponding amount of standard wood and is an excellent choice for reinforcing weakened joists and even reducing squeaks.

Why Plywood?

Plywood is a strong laminate composed of several thin layers of heavily compressed wood glued together. Some people consider it to be inferior to standard lumber, but the opposite is almost always true!

6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations Finish Strong!

Keep these 6 considerations in mind when planning your remodel and you will avoid derailing your “remodeling-budget-train” before it leaves the station!

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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