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Can I remove remaining studs below already installed load bearing beam?

I recently purchased a two story building that had a load bearing wall removed and a beam installed. When the beam was installed there was about 3 feet of paneling and studs that was not removed ...
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removing a exterior wall below a floor joist of the second floor

I would like to remove an exterior wall (15' long) under a floor joist (14x2) that supports a second floor and house roof edge. I was wondering if the joist itself could be used as a beam to support ...
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LVL Span Ratings and Beam Placement

I work with LVL beams frequently and see a lot of them placed under I-Joists to carry load of the floor. This is usually no big deal in 9' deep basements but in 8' basements an 11-7/8" triple LVL beam ...
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Can I replace the engineer's I-Beam recommendation with a different one?

I'm removing a load bearing wall and the structural engineer recommended a W8x15 steel I-beam. It would save me a lot of effort if I could use a 6" beam instead. So I'm trying to calculate the ...
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Can beams be up against a post base like this?

I'm building a 12x16 ground-level deck in my backyard (not attached to the house). I'll have 4x6 beams anchored to concrete footing. My question is: can I install a 4x6 ledger beam that will have its ...
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Exterior wood rot remedy for beam

I am not sure if this beam is decorative or structural But you can see the rotten area in red rectangle What is the best way to fix something like this?
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Timber Retaining Wall - Beam Replacement

I need to replace a rotted beam in a wood retaining wall (bottom beam in picture). Is it possible to simply slide a replacement beam in place? Also, what about inserting a plastic lining (to the ...
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How can I prepare an uneven beam to be wrapped with wood?

We are doing a complete update of a 1975 home. The issue we can't figure out is in the living room. There is a drywall-wrapped beam at peak of vaulted ceiling that is 24' long. We want to wrap it with ...
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Strength of sistered 2 x12 lumber

I am planning to build a bridge across a ravine on my property and rather than buy a bridge kit I want to build it. The span is 40ft so I was going to buy a bunch of 2-in x 12-in x 16-ft pressure ...
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Beam dimension determination

What would be the minimum solid-wood beam dimension to support a 10' span supporting 10' floor joists only for a non-bearing wall area. (ie: we are removing interior wall between a kitchen and dining ...
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Partial support of a beam

I want to attach a 2x12 beam to a treehouse attachment bolt bracket, and I want to double up the beam, as shown (the view is from underneath). The bracket is 2" wide, and apparently designed to ...
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A-frame swing set max length of 4x4 beams

I am building an a-frame swing set for my kids using a 4x6 and 4x4 beams. We are using pre-built brackets to attach everything. What I am wondering is, is there a max length that the 4x4 can safely ...
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Will 2x12 lumber forms support my concrete pier?

Im forming a concrete pier. I expect 20k lbs of weight every 10 ft. I have 5 2x12x16s spaced about 14in apart. How can i determine the weight tolerance. The boards are bolted at 10ft to concrete ...
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Choosing the correct LVL beam size

I have a single story ranch and am doing a reno by myself as a long-term project. Originally, the home was a small cabin and later it was expanded with addition. The wall that I need to remove ...
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Name for wooden board that supports fascia, drip edge, soffit, and gutter?

QUESTION What is the name of the wooden beam that supports fascia, drip edge, soffit, and gutter? The nomenclature is important because it is hard (if not impossible) to Google anything without ...
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Post and Beam sizing for 10x10 shed workshop?

This is probably a common question, but trying to sort it out has my head spinning.... I'm trying to work out the size of a post and beam foundation for a 10x10 shed I plan to use as a workshop. ...
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Load-Bearing Wall? Parallel to Joists, single story, but has attic supports [closed]

I've had multiple professionals look at this wall, and no one has been able to give me a clear answer (2 home inspectors, and 1 structural engineer). So I've come to the source of all truth, the ...
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Holes drilled in parallam beam: is this a structural problem?

The electrician drilled 3/4” holes on PSL parallam beams. Both beams are is 4”x12”. The first beam measures 13’ft long and the holes are about 3’ft away from the end. The second beam measures 23’ft ...
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Can you post a 2nd floor joist beam directly to basement?

I have a house with a middle beam in the basement; all of the first floor joists lap on top of the beam. There's a bearing wall on top of the beam that goes 2/3 the length of the house. Most of the ...
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I want to eliminate one 4x4 wood column in a line

I am planning to finish an attic space. I want to eliminate one 4x4 wood column in a line. The column is 8 ft from a load bearing wall and 12 ft from another column (which will remain). The column ...
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Carport Roof - Ridge Beam/Board vs Gussets

I am building a 20' X 24' carport and was trying to decide if a ridge beam / board was necessary, or could i simply use gussets to connect the roof rafters. I'd like to avoid using a 24' beam if ...
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Removing/cutting beam beneath half-landing stairs

I have half-landing stairs which go up 7 steps, around a flat bit, then up another 7 steps. The second portion of the steps is at the back of one of the downstairs rooms, and is currently boxed-in, ...
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How to find a shear force and bending moment on a slab,beam and column? [closed]

I have no idea about shear force that how can i used it.also confused about bending moment when i try to construct slab or beam
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Mounting TV to steel I-Beam

Is it safe to drill and tap an i-beam in order to mount wood to it, to then mount a TV to the wood? TV and mount will weigh about 100lbs combined. I plan on using 1/4 bolts, and the two pieces of ...
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Can I remove framing members forming a wall below a load bearing beam?

I am in the process of buying my first home and my head is already spinning with update ideas. The main idea, in particular, is renovating the kitchen/dining. There is a wall separating the two spaces ...
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Can hanging a 70 lbs punching bag from my garage ceiling cause damage?

Took a look in the attic above the garage to find somewhere to hang my 70 lbs punching bag. After seeing what was up there, I wasn't sure it was a good idea anymore so I was hoping to get some ...
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How to brace misaligned support post?

Recently purchased a new home, and after removing the builder insulation blanket we discovered that one of the support posts has become (or always has been) misaligned and isn't resting on the beam. ...
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How to ensure correct distribution of beam load over deck posts?

Given the illustration above: Are there any tips on how to ensure that the beam load is correctly distributed across the three posts? All posts are adjustable (up/down) via hex nuts so I have full ...
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Deck Joist Hanging Options

I am trying to design a replacement deck for my home. Local regulations require IRC 2015 and the area is designated SDC D2. The surface height of my deck will be ~8' 8" above grade and there is a ...
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6 x 12 header capability

I need to support a ridge beam on one end with a Douglas fir 6 x 12 x 12 ft long header. The load will be on a single point in the center and will be about 8000 lbs total. I can't tolerate sag as ...
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Replacing LVL beams by some lower depth ones [closed]

We are planing a roof opening to access our roof top deck. We were advised to use 3 ply LVL 1 3/4 x 11 7/8 beams. Can we replace this with something shorter and wider (like 4 ply LVL 7 1/4) in ...
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Options for mounting a ceiling fan box directly to interior wooden Ridge Beam

I am tasked with mounting a ceiling fan w/ light in an interior master bedroom that has a wooden ridge beam (covered with textured drywall) going down the center of the vaulted ceiling. Since the ...
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Difference between interior and exterior headers

This appears to be a great site for calculating header and beam requirements: http://learnframing.com/wood-beam-calculator/ But it distinguishes between interior and exterior beams -- and the results ...
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how much weight can I lift with 3 2x12x20 feet long beam supported by 6x6 post on each shide this is insde a pole barn

I have a small pole barn with 6x6 beams on 7 feet center the barn is 20 feet wide 36 feet long am planning to put in a triple 2inch x 12inch x 20 feet long beam making it a 6x12x20 .. the ...
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beam to replace 5 studs of wall

I recently removed 2 studs from a wall and now I feel like it is not enough, so I intend to remove 3 more. The house is 26' wide and 30' long, built in 1918. It has a basement, main floor, and attic....
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how much bearing surface is required to support a beam

How much bearing surface is required to support a load bearing beam in a single-family residence? Are there tables? Are end gaps ok or required? A 1/4" to 3/8" end gap on each end (1/2" to 3/4" short ...
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Covering a ductwork bulkhead with pine board

I would like to make a wood beam with pine board to cover a ductwork bulkhead in the upper corner of the kitchen. Is it possible to do this or do I have to leave it the way it is?
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ELECTRICIAN BORED 4" HOLE through top & bottom chords in attic — how to fix?

I'm extremely concerned; hopefully unnecessarily so. We recently upgraded our electrical panel and I just noticed (about a month and a half later) that the electrician bored a 3.5" hole through what I ...
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Design choice and max weight+bending for cantilever

I am playing around with designing a truck camper with overhanging/cabover sleeping area/bed (picture). The sleeping area/bed will be supported by 3 2x4s. Now I need to figure out the best design and ...
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Weight distribution in load bearing wall?

Good morning, I have a load bearing wall that separates my living room from my kitchen and dining room. The wall is approximately 23 feet long, with 2 openings in it. One opening is 35 inches(going ...
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Can I legally drill a hole of 4" diameter in concrete load bearing beam through core cutting method? [closed]

Can I legally drill a hole of 4" diameter in concrete load bearing beam above window through core cutting method?
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How can I find ceiling joists underneath this wood paneling?

Out on our front porch we'd like to hang a swing, but I can't figure out where any of the joists are underneath the wood paneling. I can't find any nails or screws of any sort and my stud finder isn'...
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Support Beam for 14 ppt span

I have a 14 foot span that is load bearing on 1st floor, 2x8 joists. What is needed to support the weight on this cape in connecticut.
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Can I take this wall out?

Good evening, I decided to start a kitchen reno in our new house and wanted to take out this wall. I assumed it was not load bearing as it runs parallel to the joists, but after taking drywall off I ...
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Recessed beam where joists meet in center of room

First. I am getting a contractor. I like to have a good idea what I am dealing with so I can understand what 1,2,3 contractors with estimates propose to me. Ranch house with Cape Cod roof sitting on ...
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Can I calculate beam size if I know length, and weight support requirements?

I am interested in hanging a heavy-bag/swing/aerial yoga bands - but am concerned about hanging from a strong enough beam. I have tried to read lots about deflections of different material based on ...
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10cm brick wall carrying capacity for additional beams

I'm trying to get an approximate feel on how much can a 10cm brick wall be loaded with. Here is an image to describe the problem: I am planning to make an elevated bed and the beam on the picture ...
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Can I move the posts under the beam in my basement? [closed]

I have a parallam PSL in my unfinished basement and am wanting to move the support pillars for finishing purposes. The parallam is currently supported at the end by wood posts and 2 steel pillars in ...
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Removing or replacing a post supporting a bolted joint in a long glue lam beam [closed]

We bought a home to remodel - and taking down a wall we found that our gluelam beam is actually two different beams, held together with some steel and bolts, and supported by a 4x6 vertical timber. We ...
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Attach Porch Roof Beam to Side of House

The porch is 15'x20' and will be connected to the back of the house. The concrete piers, ledger, joists, and beams have already been installed. I'm now moving to install 4x4 posts and (2) 2x8 roof ...