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The pocket door that is dragging the floor is the best indicator perhaps of what is going on. If it is original to the house means one thing, if it is a newer install as in not original means something different. If painting the wall covers the crack you are asking about, tells me they are very small and there is most likely no concern. Old houses move, ...


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Sometimes the cracks can be a indication of termites or carpenter ants damaging a small section. It can also be an indication of a leak in the wall. I would start by inspecting the exterior footings looking for critter damage. If there is no evidence of critters or leaks, and no change in the exterior siding (cracking or bowing) is this above the area that ...


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After reading more of what you want I would use 2x6" for the span and 16" centers with hangers this would be enough to support the ceiling and even recessed lighting like this. hung at the bottom this will provide the isolation you are looking for. We use these hangers for supporting overhangs with sheeting and roofing all the time and for decks. I would ...


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The exterior wall is the true support. Otherwise the 4x4 would be under the 2x? Load is transmitted vertical. Ya don't notch it. For each 4x4 removed add a 2x? The entire span. Support the end of the span with the entire width. Use 8 ' 2x and cut the first on in half (4') so the joints stagger. Use 3/8 lag bolts every two feet starting 4" from each end. ...



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