I want to strengthen the floor of my office. Currently the joists are 2"x5" (actual size).
I want to put a 2"x8" (1.5"x7.5" actual size) which will double the existing joists. I will have to reduce the height of the new joists from 7.5" to 5" at the ends.
Will I have to reinforce the end to prevent the beam from splitting? What could I use to reinforce the ends?
After all your answers and comments, i want to put a draw to illustrate the final solution. A good idea is obvious afterthought, but not before!