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Looking to replacing rusty basement ceiling beams

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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Pergola Beam Span Weight Capacity

I am building a Pergola with 6x6 posts and Beams attached to my house. The dimensions are 16x14. There will be three post spaced 16 feet from my house. The two end posts will be connected to the ...
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Is a 6" Hole through a 10" Rim Joist ok?

I've got a question about venting through the rim joist. I'm building out my basement workshop and I'm going to install an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan needs an exhaust pipe. The most direct route is ...
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Help restoring old wood beam please!

I am in the process of trying to uncover an original beam in my 120 year old home. The beam appears to have been painted (possibly twice), then covered in drywall mud, then painted again. It's tested ...
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What is proper beam size for 10'-8" spans between columns?

I am constructing a 22'-0" x 32'-0" carport, using pre-fab trusses to span the 22' width. The distance between columns is 10'-8" O.C. Will using three 2x12 yellow pine, with 2 layers of ...
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Double 2x12 Beam - Seams Over Posts?

I'm building an awning off the side of a barn. I have four 6x6 posts spacing at 0,8',18',26'(8ft, 10ft, 8ft spans). I am building a beam out of 2 2x12s. I had learned that when constructing these ...
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Notching Deck Posts That Support Roof [closed]

I am in the planning stage of my porch build. It will be a gable covered deck. I would like to use the front corner posts to support the deck and roof. This method will obviously force me to build a ...
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Patio Roof Cover - Will This Hold Up To Code & Be Strong

My first time posting. I plan on building a patio roof in my back yard. It will have a metal roof on top. Is this plan, span, strong enough and to code. I'm located near Charleston, South Carolina ...
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Is this wall removal safe? [closed]

I have a handyman here doing renovations. I had him remove a wall from a load bearing area. I told him we need an additional beam,. He insisted upon insisted we don’t. He removed the wall and the last ...
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Structural engineer recommends fix

I asked a question a few weeks ago about a diagonal crack in one of our main support beams in our basement. With your advise I ended up have a structural engineer come take a look at it and he ...
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What size LVL beam do I need for a 9 foot 7 inch span on a load bearing exterior wall?

I'm looking to put a LVL beam on an exterior load bearing wall that the opening is 9 ft 7 in. It's a single story home in Southeast Michigan, the roof is above with roof trusses resting on top wall ...
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Can I hang swings on two 2x6 boards instead of a 4x6?

I wanted to use a 4x6 for a beam for two swings, with eye bolts with washers through the whole beam vertically. However I do not have access to 4x6. I can buy two 2x6, but how would bolts work? Since ...
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Can I drill a hole in a roof joist where it meets ridge beam?

Is it structurally safe to drill a small hole approximately 3/4” where roof joists meet to run wire on top of ridge beam for some lights and a fan? It will look better then tuning the wire along the ...
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How deep to cut the lap-joint for joining the wooden beams without the glue

Hello to the great woodworking community! I'd be grateful for a bit of advice concerning the building out of the following construction: I bought the glued dried pine wood already. I will use screws ...
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Is it safe to build a long beam from shorter pieces of lumber?

We have a mid span beam in the middle of the garage (24 by 24 garage) supporting the 12 ft long floor joists (2x8) for above attic space. This beam was made of gluing and nailing three 2 x 10 (or ...
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Sizing beam/header for planned 12' opening

I am trying to figure out what sized beam I will need to support the load when opening up the center wall in my home. This opening currently exists, but is only 6ft wide. I am looking it expand that ...
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LVL install with old notched ceiling joists

Down here in Atlanta. Installed an 18' LVL to join two living rooms in my 1960s brick ranch. Used joist hangers on most of the 2"x8" ceiling joists, but there is a small number of joists ...
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Fixing a wooden brace that has had holes drilled in it

When putting up my punch bag in the garage I drilled holes which I have decided need to be sealed post conversation in another question raised by myself. There are 2 holes running along the brace ...
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Replacing a 4x8 deck beam

I am replacing a wooden deck with wrought iron posts and railings. The current beams are 4x8x8, but the wrought iron rails are welded in too close to the beam top for me to remove the beams without ...
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Elegant way to jack two materials apart, applying spreading pressure to pin them in place?

I have a tall cabinet acting as a room divider. Since it's not against a wall, it could fall. Screwing into the floor or the wall is not feasible, but the top of the cabinet is 5 inches from a ...
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Covered deck roof beam support at house

I am adding a covered deck and attaching to my house. I want to attach it like the project about which funtastic asked this forum May 20 '14 at 6:47 and was given a response to his question by ...
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Reinforcing Truss-based Garage Ceiling

I'm currently in the process of insulating/drywalling my attached garage. It is about 25' x 20' with Fink style trusses. The truss bottom chords are spliced with plywood sheets on either side. Rather ...
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What's the weight loading capacity of a ceiling wood beam?

I'm trying to install an electric hoist (70 pounds) to the wood beam at the ceiling I'd like to know how much weight this structure can stand. I attach an image to give a better idea of my project.
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Can I stack two 6x6 timbers for a deck beam?

I am replacing this 20' long 3.5" x 9" wood beam due to termites. See pic. I'm also replacing the 3 existing 4x4 posts with (3) pressure treated 6x6 posts. Question is, can I swap out the ...
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Rust at welded steel beam joint

My house has a 20 ft long steel beam running across the entry way with two i-beams for supports. The supports are welded to a base plate at the ground. The joints have quite a bit of rust on them. I'...
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Renovate and expose old/cracked wood posts, rafters and ties

I am planning on exposing three wood posts/rafters in our living room. At the moment, these have been covered by wood panels and plasterboard. I have started looking behind and realised that the posts ...
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Calculation Of Steel Beam

I have a project where I need to span a 6 meter gap (~ 19.5ft) The beam will be supporting a load of 150KG (~ 330lbs) The load will be evenly spread along the beam. There can be no supports along the ...
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Rafters directly to steel beam with structural screws?

I'm building a patio cover. I have 2x6 rafters that will sit on top a steel C-beam. My first thought was to bolt a 2x4 to the top of the beam and use Simpson hangers to attach the rafters. I also have ...
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Is it safe to screw into a single support beam holding up an entire house?

I have a (roughly 40 year old) house with a crawlspace, and then an upstairs above it - I believe this considered a 1.5 storey house. The upstairs is being held up by a long wooden support beam, and ...
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Beam size and placement for a balcony with supportive brackets? [closed]

I need to build a small timber (spruce) balcony that relies on support brackets. Beam strength calculations cause me a lot of confusion and inconfidence. So my question is, how thick should the ...
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Unknown ceiling/roof beam installed in old renovation

This house has a shallow (approx ~15°) gable roof, and raked interior ceilings to match. In past renovations, a large horizontal beam was installed which runs the entire length of the house, on the ...
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Joist pulling away from center beam

I have 2x8x13 joists that sit on top of a 2x4 ledger that is nailed to a 6x8 beam. The ledger is sagging off the beam, pulling away 3/4 inch at the top àand sagging 3/4 inch below the beam. The joist ...
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Is it safe to remove old rusty nails from a wooden beam?

During the renovation of our old house I uncovered a load-bearing beam which has a lot of old rusty nails just sticking out of it. By "a lot" I mean that there are around 50 nails in random ...
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What Beam Size do I need? [closed]

I am looking to add a hoist to my home shop to lift ±500 pounds. The supports will be 12' apart. What size wood or steel beam do I need? Hoist will be mounted in the middle and not travel.
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Attaching double 2x10 beams to 4x4 post

What is the proper way to attach two double-2x10 beams that butt together at a 4x4 post? Do you notch 3" of the 3.5" post and butt them together there, or does Simpson make a connector for ...
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Proper window header for 6-foot window & understanding the span tables?

I'm framing out headers for 6' (72 inch) wide windows in a sunroom. The sunroom is around 12 x 12 and has a ceiling and roof. Based on my current understanding of the header span tables which I have ...
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How to construct a 2 Ply Beam with screws:

I need to make a 2 ply 2x8 beam, but I don't have a nail gun. I have seen a lot of articles on how to make a 2 ply beam by nailing in a double row pattern down the 2 2x8s (or 2x10, etc.), but how can ...
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Support for crawlspace beams

Bought my house in 2018. The beam in crawlspace is supported with some rusted plates on top of concrete, possibly to fix sagging over the years. My floor feels bouncy and I believe I should have ...
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Two metal I Beams are not spliced

We viewed a home that had steel I Beams. 2 of them were end to end over a support beam but were not spliced, they were only attached to the top of the pillar via 2 bolts per beam. Very similar to this ...
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New construction, do the supports look correct in the attic?

I have a house under construction and this is how they are supporting the roof. Does this look correct? Thank you for your input! ]1
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Deck Beam end cut at angle

I've searched high and low and can't find an answer to this. Why are deck beams cut on an angle at the ends? Is it cosmetic? Is so no sharp corner sticking out? Does it have something to do with ...
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Ceiling beam crack/split. Should I be worried? [closed]

The house is a recent purchase and I repainted (including the ceiling) before moving in so not sure if this was pre existing. I just saw this today and concerned it's a structural issue vs the normal ...
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Beam Span and Size for Pool House

I am building a simple pool house with a large overhang roof. Main issue I have is figuring out what beam size and span I need to support the roof properly. Key Features: Total Roof width: 29ft ...
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I want to remove a wall dividing my living room from my porch [closed]

The ceiling joist on the porch runs east and west connecting to the last ceiling joist over the living room, which runs north and south. The roof is a hip roof and has no load on the ceiling. The ...
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Deck, Connecting two beams to support cantilevered joists

I am re-posting this because my original post had poor drawing and caused a lot of confusion. See image below. I have a joist that is cantilevered 4' 10" (colored in cyan for quick reference), ...
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Proper deck post-beam-post connection

We're getting ready to replace/expand the decks on our house. I'm having plans done and have seen a draft but wanted to educate myself a little while I wait. The draft didn't yet contain sufficient ...
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Are PSL beam equivalent to LVL

I am doing a big renovation, got the blueprint done by an engineer more then a year ago, but it took a while to get the permit and i just learn today that the delay to have the big LVL beam (44') will ...
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Trying to determine appropriate beam size for a header on a large sliding glass door

I am considering installing a large sliding glass door in an Exterior wall with load from both interior 2 story slopped ceiling joists/rafters (new door going into 9' end) and on the other side is an ...
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Steel H Beam Needed For Outdoor Deck

Question: What size H Beams are needed? Background: I’m building a deck over our walkout basement. The basement is only 7’ tall, so the deck beams need to be as short as possible with the fewest ...
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