down in the basement now, cutting out the whatever this thing is called, and replacing it with overlapped 2X12's, 12 and 16 feet long. i guess the only thing holding up the house at this point is habit- or that tiny 2X4!
here you can see from the basement joist, all the way out to the ditch, running along the joists.
replacing all the joists. G and N have been helping with that, from the basement, sliding the new joists alongside the old, and then nailing them together.