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Note the wall plate the runs the length of the wall underneath the window

I need to replace the wall plate under a window that itself supports half a dozen or so load bearing studs.

I have a pair of post jacks that I plan on placing atop the horizontal stud immediately in front of it. I plan on jacking two joists that connect to the wall in question. I then plan on cutting the target stud out with an angle grinder (set with a wood blade) and replacing it.

Good idea? Bad?

  • That's a sill, not a stud. There's no such thing as a horizontal stud. – isherwood Jun 25 '18 at 19:15
  • A Sawsall would be a better tool to cut the old wood out than an angle grinder. Your plan on supporting the structure is what I have done many times in the past. are talking about the king and cripple on the left – Ed Beal Jun 25 '18 at 19:15
  • And it doesn't bear any load. – isherwood Jun 25 '18 at 19:15
  • Or maybe you meant the bottom wall plate? Maybe do some study of basic framing terminology so we can have a proper conversation. :) – isherwood Jun 25 '18 at 19:16
  • Bottom wall plate. – Lurk21 Jun 25 '18 at 19:20
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I would pull the window, support the top plate with temp supports floor to plate (cut ½" long and tap the bottoms in until you see a slight lift in the top plate) cut between the siding and bad studs with a 12 " metal sawsall blade, remove all wood with any rot or deep fungus and reframe the whole thing. send the studs through a table saw to make them match the adjoining studs to avoid broken drywall when reinstalling

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