I don't even understand how or if it was structurally sound as it was originally built. The piers are roughly feet apart and not evenly spaced. Most are just stacks of cinder block that are somewhat buried into the soil, while some others are the same red terra-cotta blocks that the perimeter foundation was built with. This house has a lot of history that I will probably never fully discover, but I would like to know if anyone has thoughts about this beam running down the center of the house.
What you describe as a strange beam looks like a sill plate to me. I would guess that at one time it sat on a brick foundation which has either fallen away or been removed to do work under the house. I have to agree it is not structurally sound. That's no beam in any sense of the word. It's no wonder the house has sagged over that area. Was it a sill plate on a foundation wall that was removed or was there a beam at that location that was removed for some reason?
Does there appear to be piers that may have supported a beam at some point? Can you see remnants of an old foundation wall? From what I can see, a support structure needs to be placed to under the floor joists at that location. In general I think a beam with proper support piers and footings would probably be the easiest way to go.
Consulting an engineer or a good general contractor would a good way to go.
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I think your problem is in the piers. Stacked blocks that sink would allow sagging. You need to beef up the piers, jack up the joists and install new posts on 2' deep concrete with Simpson's connectors. Surround each pier with 50 or 60 pounds of dry sand. Termites don't like sand as their tubes collapse. I can see joists supported by a 2x plate that is spanning between piers.
That is not the way floor joists should be supported. Dry stacked CPU should not be used to hold up a house. Even in my minimal earthquake zone, that would not pass muster. It looks to me like the house was cobbled together at this location with little regard to the proper construction techniques.
Ed's questions are well derived from the first picture. There is a transition in the subfloor at the 2x that could be evidence of an addition, with the plywood subfloor being newer. I live in the same neighborhood as Houston below, and in our houses that 2x would be a 4x4 or a 4x6, if it was an original sill that was not on brick it may be a 6x6. One of the methods used here to prevent termite intrusion is this metal plates might be aluminum on top of the piers and under the beams which are PT wood these days.
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