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Can I remove this wall?

This is the plan of the house I'm living in, and I'm thinking of making some changes. The measurements are in cm. The construction brick, circa 1980. It has only ground and first floor. Before I'll ...
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Making box joists with OSB?

I'm looking for information on construction details and how to determine appropriate size for box joists sheathed with OSB (similar to this document that describes such joists sheathed with plywood, ...
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What length header should I consider?

I have 2 bathroom remodeling we are planning on the 2nd floor of 2 storied house. I want to carve out part of the bathroom as laundry room where Washer (27") and Dryer (27") will be stacked in a ...
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Easy way to find out if this wall is load bearing? (double top plate, but parallel with trusses) with pictures

It's a single story house (but this is an addition done in the 80's I think). I know a double top plate usually means it's load bearing, but parallel with trusses means it's usually not load bearing. ...
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Max load bearing weight on shelves

I installed these shelves: http://pin.it/1gqQDHD But they are not in studs simply screwed into the dry wall with the plastic expanders (my building is old and the studs don't match the length ...
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How do I determine if a wall is load bearing?

I'm considering removing a wall in my master bathroom but I can't tell if it is a load bearing wall or not. I've done a fair amount of research. I don't have the house blueprints, and it's difficult ...
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How can I attach angled beams to a post?

I'm designing a deck with 3-2x10 beams supported by 6x6 posts. I know when the beams go straight across the posts I can use any number of brackets designed for that purpose, like Simpson AC4 (or AC6, ...
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Why does the maximum deck overhang sometimes decrease with joist spacing?

The deck construction guide for my area contains this table: Look at the "Allowable Overhang" columns. It's odd that a wider joint spacing (24") permits a longer overhang. For example, look at ...
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installing water tank on a metal frame

I am installing water tank inside bathroom. My question is I have made a metal pipe frame and on 2 walls want to give support with 2 2.5 inch concrete nails. Third side there is no wall so one angle ...
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Replace load bearing studs with 4x4 posts

I would like to open up our dining room to our living room, but don't want to install an LVL due to a limited budget. We decided to get creative. By simply removing the sheetrock, and using the ...
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Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

I need to build a footbridge across a creek and, due to soft and low land around it, will need a long span crossing the creek. I found this tutorial by Ron Hazelton where he makes a bridge with a 12' ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

I have a creek I need to cross with a footbridge. While the creek is only about 3' wide, the main span of the bridge will have to be somewhere between 14-17' feet long, due to low, wet, and loose ...
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Load-Bearing (?) Cinder Blocks Half-Corroded Away

In preparation for patching and repairs, I knocked down all the loose material from an old, water-damaged wall. In the process, I discovered an area where a couple of the cinder blocks underneath the ...
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Mounting Cast Iron Brackets

I have a cast iron bracket to hang on a 4 x 4 wood post. The bracket weighs about 7 pounds and will extend out about 17 inches and the part that will be screwed into the post is 9" long and has 3 ...
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Why are two columns holding up this support beam?

We purchased a new Ryan Homes house ten years ago and are now finishing the basement. Down the center of the basement ceiling is a large steel I-beam between the footers. Given the size of the house ...
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Are these walls holding up my roof? [closed]

Hello I have a room that we have to insulate. To do it properly, I am thinking of tearing off the drywall. Then the thought hit me that since I'm going to be redrywalling the room, can I also take ...
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Calculating floor load strength

Well I'm sure this had been covered over and over. I could not find the formula I seek. I'm building a storage room in the back of a large steel building on my property and I was thinking I'd use the ...
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Will my wall stand up to fairly heavy pine planking on the inside?

I have just purchased yellow pine tongue-and-groove lumber for the interior of my home. As I moved the wood in 16' lengths into to house to acclimate, I noticed the extreme heaviness of each piece. ...
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Need to find out if this is a load bearing wall on my second floor

I have a desire to open up my second floor to make one big room (it's my bedroom and want a king size bed and closet). The room is currently split about 65/35 by a wall that does not appear to be load ...
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Is this foyer (wall) load bearing, in a condo

I live in a 5 story condo, on 2nd floor. I wanted to remove this foyer (in picture labeled as ENTRY). I see joists running across the room, left to right in the picture. The structural engineer came ...
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Will my roof construction allow attic flooring?

I am looking to add plywood flooring in my attic for storage page. There is a lot of space, very large areas. From what I've been reading, it looks to be ill-advised to add flooring if the roof was ...
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Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure

We have an unusual 3 inch thick poured concrete floor in a steel mesh in the ground floor of our house, under this is a basement like area with an old riveted steel across half of it and a couple of ...
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What's a high R-value insulation material alternative to dimensional lumber

Years ago I read somewhere about a building material described like this : a composite/synthetic material (not wood) available in traditional dimensional lumber sizes (e.g. 2x4) rigid enough to have ...
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what size of beam should I use to replace 3 2x8 that is 16 feet?

What is the equivalent of a 3 2x8, 16 feet? I would like to use one beam (for decorative effect) instead of the 2x8s since the beam will be exposed. This will go up in my dining room ceiling. If the ...
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Wall on subfloor is load bearing or not?

So I want to remove a wall dividing my kitchen and dining room. It is full height, so it could be load bearing. The floor joists under it run in parallel to the wall, which leads me to think it is ...
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Determine which way to place beam for maximum strength

I have a 4" x 6"-16' treated wooden beam. I am trying to determine which way the beam should be placed to provide the most strength for the decking.
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load or non-load bearing wall? [duplicate]

Good afternoon, we are in process of renovating a small apartment that has been gut renovated in 2000. We want to move a door position 40" to the right and install a pocket door instead. The metal ...
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Mounting pull-up/exercise beam in corner above window

I'm considering mounting a beam for climbing exercise equipment similar to what is pictured below (see here for complete details): The set up (in my case) would consist of two 20" 2x8 base boards ...
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Pulley/winch knot for holding up heavy punching bag

I currently have a heavy bag mount I built from 4x4 posts to hold up a 100lbs punching bag. It currently has a nice swivel bracket holding it up, which has been working great so far. The only problem ...
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replace load bearing post with steel column

So I have a joist that stops short of a stairwell and doesn’t connect to the foundation and I’m going to move the supporting beam back 2 feet (it’s about an 8 ft run between the header and other ...
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Wall load bearing or not?

We want to remove a wall in our kitchen, so we ripped out the drywall on one side. Is there a way to tell if it's load bearing or not? Here is a picture of the exposed framing: It seems that the ...
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Proper size of header to support new door in load bearing wall?

We're going to install a new linen closet off the hallway next to our recently(ish) remodeled bathroom. The wall in question is load bearing. I know how to properly build out the King and Jack studs,...
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Is this wall load bearing? See photos

I'm looking to tear down the wall between my kitchen and dining room, and I'm wondering if it's load bearing. If so, it's a 9' section that I want to remove. Would two 2x10s with 1/2" plywood ...
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How to calculate the maximum safe load on a horizontal wooden beam?

I am thinking of constructing a wooden bed/desk/roof/shed/ship/bridge/rocket How can I calculate the maximum load a rectangular horizontal wooden beam of dimensions L x H x W can safely support if ...
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Building an archway

As part of a much larger building project, I will be replacing a 12 foot section of wall between two rooms, which includes removing two 2x4s and one 4x4. The 4x4 is due to the house being built using ...
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Structural cross joists and load-bearing walls (century home)

I have a friend that recently took possession of a century home. Its a 4 plex and He was told it was an old school house (at least at some point in time). We’re experienced weekend warriors but ...
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Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?

The house dates back a billion years. Some parts older than others, and added as either obvious/not-so-obvious extension. One such structure is a stand-alone room whose rear-wall (upto about 3 feet ...
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Rebar in interior basement wall - is it load bearing?

I recently started demo on an interior basement wall. It is parallel with the floor trusses above so I figured it wasn't load bearing. Now that I've begun demo I've found rebar in the cement along the ...
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How is this plan for repairing load bearing rotting posts with epoxy (pics included)

My carport has five 4x4 posts with two of them are showing serious signs of rot. I have attached a photo of the worst and 2nd worst looking one, and what the other ones look like. At first I thought ...
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Is this cracking foundation under a jack post a problem that requires repair?

I am buying an already-built new home. I find this in the basement. The builder says it's okay, but I am really concerned. Is this really a big issue? What steps would be required to repair it? This ...
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What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?

In my basement, the bearing wall has horizontal blocks between each stud, similar to what you see in this picture: . There is one place on the wall where one of the blocks was removed to place an ...
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How big of a beam for a load bearing wall

I have a wall in my basement that is load bearing. Right now, they put a door opening in there (and probably overdid the header for it). I would like to remove a 7 foot section and open it up for a ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom, ...
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How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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Framing a window directly through a post in post-and-beam construction?

I have a single story home built on a concrete slab using post and beam construction. I have 4x4 posts spaced 5 feet apart along the exterior wall with 4x8 beams holding up a 4" tongue and groove roof ...
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Can I build a pergola on an existing deck, without digging more footers?

A couple of years ago I built a deck onto my house. It is 32' x 14' I used a cantilever design at 12' with 2x8" floor joists, with 2x6" decking boards. The Cantilever beam was set on 6x6" posts that ...
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Can I hang a mirror by anchoring into furring strips?

So I'm remodeling my half bath and I want to install this mirror. Unfortunately, Moen's site doesn't tell me how heavy the mirror is so I weighed it using my weight scale (I know, not very ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

I want to remove these three small pieces of wall (Marked in yellow arrow) to combine dining and living room? Since the house has a basement. I also attached the basement pic to show the structure ...
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Does a long deck beam need a post at staggered joints?

I am designing a deck that requires 40' beams. In that design I plan to fabricate the beams with 2-2x12 pressure treated lumber. I have tentatively planned to arrange the plies in this fashion: 1st ...