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The brace you refer to was probably put there to keep the house framing square until all exterior sheathing was installed. The sheathing now serves as bracing long as it was nailed to code. Cutting a notch in the bracing seems a fine alternative long as you inspect lint buildup in venting at regular intervals. After the install you can put hurricane straps ...


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Well if you ask me there are two possible approaches: If you insist on mounting shelves onto the wall you can do following: cut part of the dry wall from top to bottom in two places. I’m sure that there is some metal construction inside, and then add vertical elements specially designed for load bearing. Knauf and other call it "AU profile”. They look like ...


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The blocks of wood your refering to serve two purposes, a resting place for the shelf above them and to provide a sturdy place for you to screw in the holders for the closet rod. I understand once you move your rod up and install another one lower you probably won't use a shelf but I still recommend using the blocks of wood. Sure you could screw directly ...


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Finding studs behind lath-and-plaster walls can be difficult because the plaster is so dense. See Am I have trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster? for some suggestions. However, since you know exactly where the strip of wood has to go, you should be able to drill some small pilot holes behind its eventual location, then fish some wire ...



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