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Replacing tile floor in small (6x5) bathroom with tub, on 2nd story of a condo. After pulling tile, noticed some water damage in corner by tub, on the subfloor and the floor plate in the wall (looks like a tile was loose, and kids getting water out of the bath leaked into subfloor). Took out the rot, appears the 2x6 floor plate only rotted less than a 1/3 way back, and just bottom side, and length wise less than a foot. First question is, do I need to have this replaced? The above joists are perpendicular to the wall, so it may be load bearing (but it’s a small length of wall compared to the two long load bearing walls). I’ve seen some wood epoxy products for structural fixes (e.g. conserv epoxy, Abatron epoxy, PC Woody), would these be worth it, or is it fine as is?

EDIT: Learning a little more, and looking in the attic (this bathroom directly below attic level), the roof is a manufactured truss assembly. This (may) suggest the internal walls aren't load bearing. Which could mean it wouldn't be too bad to remove a portion of the 2x6 floor plate to replace.

Second question, I’ve looked into replacing subfloors, adding 2x6 blocks to support the replacement subfloor piece. I usually seen these done with floors with joists, this has floor trusses, anythjng different I should do?Also, there is definitely part of the subfloor under the floor plate that should be replaced. What is the best way to do this?

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  • Your kids must splash a lot of water out of the tub and have been doing it from birth through high school! i.e., I wouldn't blame it all on them... – FreeMan Jun 18 at 13:19
  • Too young for high school :) I noticed that green foam, under it the subfloor had a square cut, it looks like a previous owner had cut this out previously from the 1st floor. The ceiling was poorly patched when we bought, so maybe there was a large water leak, and they never fixed it all :( – Michael Jun 18 at 19:38
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    A floor truss is nothing more than a fancy joist that can carry more weight over a longer span. You'll still need something to support your floor patch, so you'll need some sort of blocking under it. – FreeMan Jun 19 at 12:52
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Firstly, protect your bathtub. Scratches don't heal, and repairs aren't easy or cheap. Tape cardboard or heavy paper over the face and top surfaces, then lay blankets or towels over that.

Secondly, the wall plate doesn't necessarily need replacement. After your floor repair is complete, replace that short block with a fresh one. That'll provide adequate backing for drywall. There are no structural concerns with such a small area of damage.

Regarding the floor repair, I can't be too specific until we see what's under there, but the process looks like this:

  1. Cut out the subfloor with whatever tools you have on hand. A circular saw set to depth, a reciprocating saw, and a sharp chisel can all be effective. Be careful not to damage the joists or any utility hardware below. Cuts should go no deeper than about 1/8" into the framing. Use a square to make right angles so that your patches are rectangular. This makes fitting a new piece easier.
  2. Where your patch edges don't land on joists, add two-by blocking. This can be one of two things: Blocks sistered onto or spanning between joists; blocks floated under the edge of the remaining subfloor. They should be securely screwed to other framing where possible.
  3. Place the subfloor patch, screwing it to all available backing. All edges should be supported.

At all points of contact, use 2-1/2" or 3" gold construction screws (not drywall screws, which are brittle), and construction adhesive, which bolsters connections and eliminates most noise. Don't rely on just adhesive for any connection, though.

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  • Thanks, this was a useful end-to-end rundown. I ended up replacing the floor plate, it wasn't terrible, but getting to the subfloor under it was a pain anyways so I pulled it to make sure I had really gotten all of the rot out. Then I did as you suggested in #2, I sistered 2x6 to two joists, and ran cross studs to support the new pressure-treated plywood subfloor. – Michael Jun 22 at 13:38

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