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