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Gluing won't hurt, but it won't help either (in this application) so I wouldn't bother. Where gluing does help is when you are doubling a beam by stacking two smaller beams on top of each other. (i.e. 2 2x4's to make a 2x8) Gluing will then help transfer the longitudinal shear stresses that develop when the beam bends slightly. (To visualize this shear, ...


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You have a pile of wood that needs to be turned back into lumber. As they are to be structural, the beams should be resawn until there are no "rough bits" left. Digging the rot out of a beam makes that beam no thicker than its narrowest point; a weak link. The whole beam should be resawn to its narrowest dimension where there's rot. Effectively, that's how ...


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Termites would be the most serious construction risk factor. There are businesses which specialize in the identification and treatment of termite infestation in most areas where termites are common. It would be prudent to consult with such a company if termites are a reasonable concern. Otherwise, suitability comes down to a question of species and quality ...


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The links in the other answers are very informative! In answer to your question: So: is the fiberglass a bad idea? The answer is yes, at least in the exterior walls. In answer to your question: If so, what should I do instead? You have a bunch of options, none as cheap as simple fiberglass batts. My personal recommendation would be rigid foam ...


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Silicone caulk works wonders in all kinds of situations. The screws that are missing to hold all parts together can usually be replaced at any Home Depot or electrical supply store for just a few cents per ea. The hanging outlet box I have seen used several times in barns, however if a 2 by 4 can be attached to a ceiling crossbeam and placed perpendicular ...



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