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I want to open up my kitchen by taking down a load bearing brick wall [closed]

The clear span would be 22ft plus what would have to sit on posts. I want a steel beem preferably because it would be exposed under the trusses. My question is what type I would need and what load ...
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Cantilevered Deck Support Blocking Stairs [closed]

I am rebuilding my deck and have been playing around with some designs, but I've run into a snag. Where I want to direct my stairs leads directly into one of my support posts. I thought of the stair ...
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Need Help with Building a Deck in Ontario - Post-beam connection issues

I’m in the process of building a deck in Ontario, Canada, and I’ve followed a design from Home Depot. However, I’m having concerns about the connection between the post and beam or rim joist as ...
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Do I need a specific type of contractor to fix a water damaged floor beam?

I have a water damaged floor beam under my kitchen/over the crawl space and foundation of my house. I have contacted several contractors about repair but everyone says it's not their specialty. Is ...
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What torque value for bolts that are holding a steel beam to reinforce a wood floor beam

Question up front: What torque do I use on these bolts? See Answers to Comments and new info below. Details: I’ve got a 100-year-old home that has a 6x6 wood beam running down the center of the main ...
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How to properly reinforce a porch that inspector flagged for a "single member band joist"?

A friend of mine bought a house recently, and one item flagged by the inspector is the front porch. I offered to help them fix the problem. Whether that means doing it myself, or hiring a professional ...
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Should this severed wall stud be repaired, and if so, how?

We hired a plumber to fix a corroded gas valve in the kitchen. The valve was difficult to get to, and there was an existing pipe in the way, so they had to hack a chunk out of the cabinet and ...
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It appears this support beam is shifting and the drywall is buckling underneath its weight, what would cause this?

It appears I have a support beam shifting, and the drywall is buckling underneath its weight. The beam has a crack appearing on one side where it butts up against the ceiling. There is a crack ...
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What fastener to affix 2x6 support to 16" deep 16'L lvl?

I am building a temp support wall using 16" lvl and 4 built up 2x6's on each end for support "legs". What fastener would be best suited to join a single 2x6 to the face of a 3.5" 2 ...
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Can I put a metal junction box on the side of a joist and run a cable across the face to the other side?

I would like to install a junction box with two incoming circuits via FMC, one outgoing FMC (clothes dryer) and one outgoing as NM-B (washer). The junction box should go onto the ceiling of an ...
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How to extend boards for pergola rafters?

I'm putting together a pergola. Details of the build: 11x17' roof footprint 8x14' to the outside of 6x6" posts Double beams on the 10' side (although not sistered together); Rafters crossing a ~...
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How to secure floor joists on top of beams

I can't find how to best connect my floor joists on top of my beams. Everything I'm finding online is about connecting them using hangers with a flush height. This is a 10x16 shed/dry-cabin that I am ...
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I want to remove a load bearing wall, which support is best beam or deadman?

I have a Block foundation. I want to extend my living room by removing a 12' section of load bearing wall. Dimensions 12'x2x6 junction to 5'x2x6 ceiling span Would I need to reinforce the foundation ...
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Is this 2x4 in my closet load bearing? Can I remove it?

Looking to update/open my closet... as it is right now, it's roughly two basic closets side by side with one 2x4 in the middle. With this set up I need two sets of sliding doors... I am hoping to take ...
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What size/type of window header beam do I need?

I'm looking for some help specifying the type and dimensions of a new window header. The biggest complicating issue is that I only have 7.25" of depth to use for the new header. The goal is to ...
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Hardwood Floor Repair - Sag and Gaps

Just bought a new home with old - possibly original - hardwood, from '52. There's a relative bulge running down the middle of the house (or it could be sagging on either side) corresponding to the ...
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Removing Load-Bearing Wall in Timber-Framed House

I live in a house that was built in 1976 using timber frame construction (prefabricated house / Fertighaus). In the ground floor, we want to remove a load-bearing wall. This was the initial state: We ...
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Can I safely hang a 27 kg boxing bag from a ceiling beam in my garage? [closed]

I want to hang a 27 kg boxing bag from a ceiling beam in my garage, but I'm concerned about the safety of doing so. The garage was built in the 60s, and the wood in the structure is quite old. I'm not ...
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Support Beam Protruding out of house?

I have a client who has a load bearing beam from her basement being exposed from the outside, I have advised her to seek a professional engineer to have a look, she had someone who used to do home ...
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Cannot figure out how to drywall basement wall underneath steel beam!

As you can see in the picture there is about a 3/8” offset from my beam to the studs. I would just shim it to cover that gap but the doors are framed for 1/2 drywall and the other side of this wall is ...
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What is the proper beam sizing/span and pier spacing for a 10'x16' cabin?

I'm planning to build a 10x16' cabin. I need help sizing beams and spacing piers for the foundation. As of now I am planning to use two 4x6 16' beams with three ez tube precast footings per beam. This ...
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Triple 2 x 8 fir beam with span of 12 feet. Will beam support hoist load of 1250 lbs [closed]

Triple 2 x 8 fir beam with span of 12 feet. Will beam support hoist load of 1250 lbs
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Can this post supporting a roof beam structure be moved? [closed]

Could this post be moved? It looks like it doesn’t go all the way to the 1st floor, but it also looks to be the only support for the large center beam supporting the roof above. I would like to move ...
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Repair options for beam notch [closed]

There is a beam of 15-18 inches depth and is notched by 5-6 inches within 1/3 of the corner from the bottom. What are possible options to reinforce this?
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Can I remove these posts supporting ceiling beams? [closed]

The house was built in 1964 and is a split level. The living room has these 3 beams on the ceiling (which do not extend past the far wall in the picture). I am hoping those are not structural. There ...
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Total weight my slab can carry

I have a stilt and first floor .It have size of 10'x18'. It is concrete slab of 4" and it doesn't have reinforced. It has been supported by steel beam and column. Now I have a table of marble ...
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What would cause a support post for a load bearing beam to bulge or shift?

Last year I had a wall removed (load bearing) and a 20' beam installed. The end posts where it is supported are covered in drywall. I noticed some cracks at a seam on the drywall (at a seam near the ...
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Can you confirm my understanding of this use of "trimmer"?

This definition of the term "trimmer" says: A trimmer is a beam across an opening, such as a hearth, into which the ends of joists can be fitted. Could someone confirm if the beam is ...
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Scabbing joists

I wanted to remove a load-bearing wall and when I opened it up, I learned that the wall is on top of the basement ceiling joists, one foot away from the steel beam. The structure engineer suggested ...
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Mezzanine Floor

I want to install a mezzanine floor that will only be used as a play area for children. The span is 8.7 feet by 9.4 feet. My plan is to fix 8" x 2" beam to 3 walls and then run 6" x 1.5&...
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Calculating the load limits of dimensional lumber and a custom beam

As I build things, how / where can I look up the approximate load values for a “beam” made of dimensional lumber? E.g. What is the max it can hold if it’s in a joist orientation (sideways with the ...
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Water running down beam [closed]

Water is leaking and running down a beam and is collecting collecting near the bedroom. I can't fix the leak right now. Is there any way I can temporarily stop the water from flowing down the beam? ...
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Can I cut an opening into the stringer of my staircase to create a doorway?

I am remodeling an old house and am looking to add an additional bathroom that would be accessed through what is currently a storage space under the winder stair case. In order to create sufficient ...
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What do I do with this gap between a beam and post?

The 6x6 vertical post in my garage has a 1 inch gap between the top and the main beam running through the center of my house, making it mostly useless for supporting anything. Someone shoved a few ...
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Floor Joists Knot

I have a floor joist where the knot in the middle of the span is somewhat coming out. Attached is a picture. Should I be worried and how do I fix it?
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How attach a framing wood to construction beam

my first framing project ever for my basement I want to build a wall along a construction beam I am reading on google that I should not make any holes in the beam and I saw this video on nailing ...
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How should I repair a 2-1/4" notch in the bottom of a 2x8 floor joist? [closed]

I have a floor joist that is notched about 7 inches away from the bottom plate. The joist is a 2x8 (7 1/4) The hole is about 2.25 inches so I added a sister joist and the hole in that is probably 1.8 ...
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How should I splice NM cable to get through a replacement beam?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and removing a load bearing wall. Existing triple 2x10 beam has cables that pass thru it via drilled holes. Structural engineer has spec'd a W8x24 I-beam to replace the ...
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Beam/footer connection options with very short post (approx 3")

Edit 2022/10/11 @ 15:28 CDT The question is about how to connect the beam to the footer, given that the height/volume of the post material doesn't allow all the fasteners that I had planned to use ...
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Contractor drilled a 4 inch hole through the center of a load bearing beam

Contractor drilled a 4 inch hole through the center of a load bearing wood beam. The beam is made up of 3 2x8 sistered together. How can I fix his mistake.
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Spreader beam with knee braces - angle of mating of knee brace top to beam

I'm trying to figure out which is the correct mating angle out of Option A and Option B seen below (or perhaps something else different altogether) to properly help support the spreader beam using ...
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How to reinforce a notched beam but keep notch?

I had an electric garage door opener "professionally" installed. When seeing the installation, they mentioned they had to take a notch out of a supporting beam as there was not clearance for ...
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Advice for Sagging Cosmetic Beam & Drywall Damage [closed]

I was visiting my mom and just noticed this in her custom home built in the late 1980s (not og owner). There are 2 long beams spanning the width of the house (East to West). On the Eastern side of “...
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Can I replace a 4x6 for a swing with a 4x4 sandwiched with a 2x4?

I'm currently building a swing with 4x4 posts based on a basic design I saw online. For the beam, my area does not carry 4x6 in any big box stores or lumber yards and no one knows why and cannot order ...
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How should I screw knee braces to a spreader beam?

I'm planning to build a 2-tree treehouse and will be constructing tri-beam supports as seen in this video (or more accurately each side will be braced to the tree separately due to slight lean, but ...
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Framing Question - 4x4 Post with Perpendicular Beam Next to Patio Doors

Context: Doing an addition and opening up a bearing wall to create a great room. The bearing wall will be replaced by a 5.5in x 14in PSL beam 18'8" long. Rafters and Joists sit on the beam ...
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Is it a problem that my contractor drilled vertically through a beam?

I hired a contractor to run some low voltage ethernet wires through my house, but I can't shake a gut feeling that he may have done something that he shouldn't have. Running a cable to the back of the ...
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How to protect Building foundation from Dry wells

We have installed 6 dry wells around the building as there was no empty space for drainage water. We did this as per the engineer's advice. Sand texture: It's clay Water table 2 ( During rainy season ...
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Looking to replacing rusty basement ceiling beams [closed]

I have a basement of 9 feet high and on it is my driveway. I had significant water leaks and then discovered that the metal beams of the basement ceiling are all super rusty. I want to resurface my ...
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Triple 2x6 beam

I have Pole barn that has offices built inside and a second floor that is an attic. I am wanting to remove the center wall that is a load bearing wall to open it up. The space is 32’x 40’. I was ...
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