I have 2x8x13 joists that sit on top of a 2x4 ledger that is nailed to a 6x8 beam. The ledger is sagging off the beam, pulling away 3/4 inch at the top àand sagging 3/4 inch below the beam. The joist are sagging with the ledger.
The house is 140 years old.
Proposed solution: I want to cut the end of the joists 3 inches from the beam. Remove the sagging 2x4 ledger board. Install a double 2x8 ledger board through bolted to the 6x8 beam, using 1/2 hex bolts. Jack the joists back level to the beam and ledger and attach with joist hangers.
Questions: Will this work? Do I need to worry about splitting the beam by using through bolts?