The home owner complained about the water stained drywall on his ceiling. Little did he know what was hidden behind the plaster board. Please look at the attached photos and video.
You will see that moisture and carpenter ants have done some serious damage to the structural member (the 3-2x10's joined to create a beam).
The house owner is hoping to minimize this situation as an issue and has asked me for my opinion. I have shared with him that I would install something to either strengthen it or replace the damaged beam. I am thinking of using a flitch plate to restore the structural strength of the beam or maybe I could replace it altogether with an LVL (engineered lumber) beam.
I'm looking for some feedback.