When I purchased this home several years ago this beam was there holding the second floor up. There was always a the crack there but this year it “seems” wider. I am not sure if it is me or not I am getting older.
In the end is this a concern? The other side has no splitting or checking at all. I live in Canada and it just become humid here a few weeks ago. This beam is about 7-10 year old not quite sure.
Should I be concerned? The beam is not warping or bending, the drywall has no crack and I do not see anything that otherwise concern me other then the crack.
Not a concern. Checking is normal in thick pieces of lumber. It very well may be getting wider as the wood dries more and contracts over time, but that is probably due to the crack being the only one present. You will have to replace it due to its appearance at the request of your “boss” before long.
This seems like a good idea. Just wondering if the concept of the backer rod is to fill the void and not allow water to infiltrate. If it does it will go behind the backer rod and I guess out a small portion I would leave at the bottom?
Again in the end this would be just to prevent anymore checking but at the moment not a structural concern??
Absolutely not a structural concern. I know those big checks look scary, but they effect the structural properties of posts like that to such a small degree that they’re only worth mentioning to ease the buyer’s mind, because if the buyer is observant at all, you can bet they will ask.
No need to fill checking in posts, since they will drain and dry naturally. Filling checks is more of a concern with log homes, since the logs are installed horizontally and the checks can hold moisture to a degree that encourages decay.
The little slash cuts mean that it’s already been pressure-treated for decay resistance. Don’t wrap it, don’t inject it.
Wood structural members develop checks as they dry after they have been cut. The faster they dry, the more extreme the checking will be. It’s a result of resistance to shrinkage as the outside surface exposed to sun and wind loses moisture faster than the interior of the framing member. It’s the same principal as shrinkage cracks in concrete. Also, Hemlock is not a very stable wood, and all (rare exceptions) pressure-treated wood you see will be hemlock.
Thank you so much for the reply. I figured it was normal but the OCD in me wanted to be 100%. I will leave it as is for the reasons mentioned. I went driving around and noticed almost the same thing from all 4x4 and 6x6 peices.
Thank you appreciate the reply! On to the next thing in this house.