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I am working on a 3-story, 150 year old brownstone apartment

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I am working on a 3-story, 150 year old brownstone apartment building. The front and rear exterior walls are double-wythe brick bearing walls, the side walls are double-wythe brick party walls. The floor joists run side-to-side and span 20'. The bearing ends are let into the brick walls. We need to replace joists in some areas, reinforce joists in other areas, and replace a beam with dry rot. What is the best way to frame the new joists to the existing brick walls? Ledger? Let in? New post inside brick wall?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  walkereng replied 2 years ago.
do you have any pictures you could share with me?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not at the moment, they're back in the office. And the ones I have are only small detail areas, not overall building. Do you need more information?
Expert:  walkereng replied 2 years ago.
I would like to see a few things:
1. How the interior walls are laid out.
2. What condition the brick walls are in.
3. How the joist/beam pockets look.
Could you send me any of your pictures tomorrow?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, will do.
Expert:  walkereng replied 2 years ago.
Let me know when you get some pictures together.
No Hurry.