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Inadequate beam support

a bit of an urgent matter for us, appreciate any help. Our inspected noted inadequate beam support on the main support beam (pictured). The beam seemed to have shifted. Our inspector says we can ...
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What is the correct spacing for support posts when building cottage?

We are planning on building 20x24 or 24x32 vacation house. Its located in Ottawa region on Canadian shield (from what everyone is telling me). But it is very rocky there. Impossible to dig more than a ...
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10 by 12 shed on concrete tube forms

I am planning to build a 10 by 12 Shed on top of 4 concrete tube foundation and two 4x4 beams. Do you think 4 forms and 2 beams will be sufficient to store garden supplies, mower, and a John Deere ...
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Can I screw into a cladded beam to add a ceiling fan?

I want to add a large ceiling fan, obviously I need to add a junction box of some nature. I was wondering if there is a recommended method to mount to the beam.
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Floor beams separating. How to fix?

The main beam supporting the first floor has started to separate along the full length. In most places it's 1/8th inch, but maybe a bit more in the worst spot. I've read elsewhere that some 3x3 steel ...
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Freestanding Patio Cover Beam Size

Trying to build something like this but with a 16ft span: https://www.backyarddiscovery.com/collections/slope-roof-gazebos/products/12-x-9-5-arcadia-gazebo I'd like to build a slope roof patio cover ...
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When building a deck can I double my ledger and extend it out to a post and use it as a beam?

I am planning a deck that wraps around a corner of my house. A logical and obvious place to put a beam happens to line up perfectly with a wall that was already going to have a ledger. So.....why not ...
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Fix Sagging Garage Beam

I have a 1970 built 24x24 workshop with a recessed support beam that is perpendicular to 2x6 24in on center ceiling joists. The support beam is 24 feet long and is built with 2x10's bolted together ...
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What size beam should I use for an adult swingset? I want a roughly 12' span to support 3 swings that can be used by adults

I'm planning to build a swingset for my grandkids, but their parents and I want to be able to play on it with them. I plan to use an A-frame structure with 4"x4" legs and a 12' cross piece ...
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How to fix a bump over central main beam and level floor?

I reside in a 1950s-era bungalow. In its basement lies a wood beam, connecting and upholding the joists (2x10) through a 2x4 ledger that's been nailed in place. The structural walls on the main floor ...
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Is this considered a split in an LVL beam?

I'm trying to understand if this constitutes a split in my lvl beam. The line does not go all the way around so that's why I'm confused. Extra details, not sure if it helps: The beam is 14ft long ...
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Steel basement beam rusting [closed]

We supply steel beams in Western NY and we apply a structural steel primer to all beams. We have a customer who has beams that are rusting in a basement. The beams have been in place for 3-4 years, ...
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What would be some reasons to add a post under a structural beam if its not need?

We're planning to remove partition walls that houses our through and through fireplace. We have had the structural engineer provide stamped document regarding the structure which they indicated is not ...
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Is a basement ceiling Beam strong enough to hold a swing? [closed]

I'm looking to have someone install a sensory swing for my toddler and although he's little now, I wanted to know what the likely maximum weight for a swing mount would be. The product has a capacity ...
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Drill hole through beam support wood

The photos below shows a wood "support block" in my basement, supporting a vertical load bearing beam above. The second photo shows the support beam in the upper level. The support block is ...
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Possible to install a beam in place of load bearing wall?

We are looking to expand our kitchen into a space that I figured was a load bearing wall. Details: 1st floor, the truss joists all go from front to back of our home. I noticed the section where there ...
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Is it okay to install floating shelves in a reinforced beam/column?

So, this is the reinforced concrete beam and column. Was wondering if it will cause any problems on the building if I installed floating shelves in them. And in the case that there are water/electric ...
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Floor Beam Supports

Home inspector noticed that this floor beam doesn’t have proper column supports. This is part of an addition and it looks like the builder put scrap wood in as makeshift columns. Is this as simple as ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

My house was built in the 1980s and is your standard rectangular home, garage/basement on the bottom and living space above. I've been renovating the basement slowly and am trying to remove a few ...
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Is a main beam being held on by an angle iron a safe construction?

Some background: previous owners poured a new foundation and moved the house over to the new basement about 14 year ago. I've been in the house about 8 years and just noticed today while starting to ...
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Will a solid double 2x8 or spliced 7.25" LVL support more weight? [closed]

What's going to support more weight spanning 15': A double 2x8 or a double 7.25 LVL that's put together with two 11' pieces matched with two 4' piece? The LVL will be joined with glue and 1/2" ...
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Reinforcing 2x8 floor joist

My home was built in the late 50's with 2x8 floor joists. When my 130 lbs dog runs across the room, the floor bounces slightly. We are wanting to reinforce that area before adding a heavier dining ...
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How to build up a triple 2x12 deck beam in place

I'm building a second story deck (~10ft above ground) and need to build up triple 2x12 x 22' beam. The beam will be resting on 6x6 nominal posts. In order to account for the extra inch gap I plan on ...
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How can I connect wooden post and beam inside a 2x4 wall?

I'm thinking of framing and drywalling along this beam, but there are 2x4s nailed on the sides of the posts. I'm thinking of replacing those with appropriate metal hardware. Would that be something ...
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Is my beam sized properly?

I’m trying to determine if my beam is strong enough. Double 2x10 pine 6.5ft long center beam holding up upstairs floor with 16”oc 2x10 floor joists one side are 12.75ft long and 11ft long joists on ...
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The best beam size to construct a small bridge over a stream on my property [closed]

I have a stream that divides my camping land. I need to "bridge" that stream to get access to the other side. The bridge must be capable of carrying at least 2500 lbs to enable me to get my ...
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Is it safe to remove screws from a 4x4 support beam without compromising it?

We have a home with a basement which has one room containing a 4x4 beam in the ceiling. Yesterday I screwed more than ten 2" #6 and 3-1/2" #10 screws into the beam for a project I was ...
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How should I repair a damaged brick post base?

I recently moved into a house with a garage. One of the posts looked off and it’s because it was pushed inside as the edge bricks had cracked off. I have 0 experience with bricks, but I am wondering ...
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How can I span a 25ft beam?

I'm planning to build a detached patio cover over an existing 24'x30' slab. I want to cover half of the slab and intend to pour new footings directly outside the existing slab. If possible I would ...
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Trying to determine safe header span for clear opening on existing remodel

I have a house which has a footprint of roughly 40 feet long and 24 feet wide. On the side in question, one of the 24' sides, there is an existing 4 panel glass door system in place. This room has 10' ...
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Steel H beam sizing for 42 foot length, 18 foot maximum free span. What size do I need?

I am building a new house. It is a simple 2016 ft2 rectangle. 42X48 feet. One single story above a basement. I need to maximize head room in the basement. Two steel beams will span the 42 foot ...
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How much weight can I put on this beam? [closed]

I have a beam that runs 18.5ft. The beam consisted of 2 2x10 and 1 1/2x10 steel plate. See photo for clarification. There is a shower bathroom on the edge of that beam. I am trying find out how much ...
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Deck Help with correct size lumber and spacing of supports

I'm building five platforms that are 32'x16.5'. These platforms are for large Safari wall tents. I'm using something called Tuff Blocksᵀᴹ as deck supports (instead of cement blocks) and they have a ...
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What size beams do I need to lift/support my house?

I am renovating an older home originally built in 1919 and added onto in 1949. The roof is rafters running in a T shape. So the load runs solely to the exterior walls with the exception of where the ...
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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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