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I want to remove a wall dividing my living room from my porch

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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LVL beam sizing

I am trying to replace a double 2x10 with a supporting post which carries a beam tied into the side of it with a 6'3" span (the beam tied to the double 2x10). The 2x10 joists mounted to the beam ...
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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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Wood beam, allowable span

I am doing a big renovation at my place but getting the lumber and all is hard with the pandemic. I found someone with roof wooden I beam that could fit my project but I think they are on the line. ...
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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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Beam comparison height versus width question. Please help [closed]

First post, do not know if anyone here is qualified to answer. I am trying to find an accurate comparison of two beams of equal strength but different dimensions. The answer will be a PROVEN real ...
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Safe to mount curtain rod to support beam?

I'm hoping to mount two curtain rods to span a distance of about 14' so I can partition a portion of my finished basement and make it easier to heat. There is a single wooden support beam running the ...
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Temporary Beam support help please

I am enlarging and moving a cased opening in a basement wall. The wall is 2x6. Current size of opening is 3' wide and I am enlarging it to 4 to 5' wide. There are open web floor trusses 16" ...
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How much can hardware to manage for cantilever load & sheer weight on a built out faux beam that will support barn door bookcase?

Situtation & Context Plan to hand a bookcase on a barn door in front of this opening. It will open in front of a sliding door that has a vertical blind that sits ~4.25" from drywall face. To ...
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Use a short ledger for beam on gabled pergola

In the process of planning a gable roofed pergola. I'm planning on using a ledger board bolted to the house studs for the beams to attach too. I know I can run a ledger board all the way across the ...
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Replacement supports, removing old partial walls

My old kitchen used to be divided into two rooms with a wall separating the rooms. At some point, most of wall was removed, however, they kept some portions extending out. east wall - extension comes ...
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What size beams do I need for my shed roof?

Looking for advice on sizing roof beams for a 24’ wide x 24’ deep 4/12 pitch ‘shed dormer’ to cover a deck, no gables - just flat pitched roof structure, using timber or engineered lumber, and using ...
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Moving support post holding up beam?

MY Wife and I decided to take on some remodeling with the help of my plumber father in law. We moved the washer and dryer into the garage and re-ran the plumbing. While looking at what it would take ...
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T connection of two Beams To Support 2nd Floor - Post or No Post?

Context: We are building plans for an extension to our home, on three levels. We're working with a technologist and will be getting an engineer since they have to stamp any plans. We want to have a ...
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Can I drill diagonally through the top of my beam?

Remodeling our kitchen (and putting it on YouTube so want to make sure I'm right). I need to run 2 new circuits in our kitchen on a half wall so I can't run them down. Basement is open but the bottom ...
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difference between load bearing walls and beams

I am faced with removing two load bearing walls, even though they have the same span, they bear different loads: 1st wall supports 2 struts 2nd wall supports 2 struts + 2 hanging beams. The size of ...
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Installing new basement post to support first floor post

I am opening a first floor load bearing wall 15 feet wide . This wall sits one foot off from the basement center steel beam, with 2x10 joists 16" on center. The engineer has specified the first ...
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What’s the ideal overhang for a 26’ LVL beam?

We just installed 3 LVLs (3) x 1 3/4x 24” x 25’ . Can someone recommend the ideal overhang on the posts for a beam this long? The engineer recommended 8’’ hang on the post on each side, but my ...
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Is using a single hanger plus a framing angle on a double member sufficient

I recently had a deck built. The deck has a few places where double joists are used between beams to allow cutouts for trees. The framers used single joist hangers for the 2x6 16" oc joists. On ...
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Boring holes in 6x6 beam

My ranch style house was built between 1940-1955. Below you will see a 6x6 beam running parallel with the ceiling joists. The 6x6 beam is a wall that is not in the center of the house exactly. Should ...
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How to attach a new 2x4 wall frame's top plate to a concrete load bearing ceiling beam?

I have a concrete beam that extends throughout my apartment. The concrete beam comes down about 30cm from the ceiling. I would like to build a wall underneath the beam, running along the beam. I plan ...
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What is the rule of thumb for built up beams with splices

The attached spec would lead me to derive that I could build a beam out of many splices as long as the spliced member is overlapped by a non splice by 9" and nailed 4.5" out from the splice ...
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Fixing brick cracks above garage door

My house had foundation issues several times which is fixed now and after every fix we get more brick cracks above the garage door. Some people say that foundation has nothing to do with those cracks ...
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Can I flip any hanging beams flat on their side?

The framing in my attic is annoying because it's very difficult work near the roof edge, due to the presence of what I think are called hanging beams -- large timbers on edge attached to the tops of ...
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Hanger or recommendations for steel hanger for deck beam

I am building a deck. One of the beams (beam 1 in sketch) is a 20' x 5-1/4" PSL beam. The beam is sitting on a 6x6 concrete post with a carport post saddle on one side. My plan is then to ...
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Hardware recommendations for heavy beam mounted to wall

I am forging 3 mantel brackets out of mild steel for a 99"x 9" x 4 1/2" old barn timber that weighs 90 lbs. What type of hardware would you recommend to secure it to the studs? Each ...
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Lateral bracing for steel beam

I’m installing a W16x26 steel beam, 20’ clear span underneath floor I-joists, 12” deep and 16”OC. The beam is plenty stout in terms of sheer and deflection but needs lateral bracing to account for ...
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Deck beam recomendations for coastal climate

In a coastal climate with rain can I use untreated beams for an exterior deck if the deck has a torch on membrane? The deck sits on a retaining wall to provide a 4' crawl space. The crawl space may ...
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Sizing wide flange I-Beam for 20" span

I am doing a barn renovation project (pacific NW, 98922), and need to take out a large load bearing wall and replace it with a beam. Was going to use an LVL (which I sized at about 5.5 x 18") ...
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Will a 4x8 swingset beam with 4x6 notches at either end support a 16 foot span?

Non-engineer here, I'm trying to adapt a typical "A-frame swingset design" (like this https://www.instructables.com/id/Free-standing-A-Frame-Swing-Set/) to be a small set of traveling rings ...
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Calculate the support requirements for a load bearing wall -

I am in the process of removing a load bearing wall to open up the kitchen to the dining room. The house was built in the 1700 in the Cornwall(south England) and is constructed from stone using lime ...
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Why is double plate necessary in this case?

I'm creating a 10'8" opening to my kitchen. The architect proposed a double top plate with king stud, jack stud and (3) 2x12 header but would not explain why. The existing framing does not have ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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Window Rot Repair and Replace Exterior Wall Beam Under Siding

I'm hoping to get some suggestions about how to repair a double stud that runs vertically next to an exterior window. The window frame was covered with metal flashing so I didn't notice all the water ...
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Beam size to span 18 feet for deck roof

I'm looking for help on planning a roof over a deck I plan on adding to my house. The roof will be 18' wide and extend out 12' from the house. I want to have at least a 1' overhang on each side making ...
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Is it safe to drill a 6" hole into a beam or i-joist for range hood duct?

I'm installing a range hood over my island after a kitchen remodel and I ran into an issue. If I try to run the ducting alongside the joists in the ceiling I run into a beam which looks to be ...
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Is my treehouse platform structurally sound?

I'm working on my first treehouse as an adult 😂 I've built plenty out of scraps as a kid, but nothing of this magnitude. I'm mostly concerned about the structural integrity of the platform with this ...
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Post Beam Connection

I would like to connect beams to the lower part of posts that extend up to the top plate, to negate having to frame up walls. I can't seem to find any information of code approval in the United States ...
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Should I be concerned about this rusted support post in a new house?

I’m under contract for a newly built home and noticed a rusty support post in the basement. There are some other small issues with the home too but this one has me concerned. It’s just under a year ...
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What is the maximum span for a beam made of two 2x10s screwed together?

This is for a deck. If I make a beam out of two 2x10s, what would the maximum span be? The beams will be 8 feet apart (joist span). They will be resting on posts. The number of posts depends on how ...
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How to replace beam with supporting wall

I have an old beam in my barn/garage. The building has a second story, so it is the main support for the center of the building. I want to remove this beam because its very old, and replace it with a ...
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What lower-profile options do I have to replace a triple 2x12 beam?

I am removing a center post on my patio cover to create a clear span of 15'. The current beam is 2 2x8s with three 4x4 posts. I have had a engineer friend calculate the load for the roof (pic attached)...
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What, if anything can you attach to a beam?

I'm flipping a row home. I had two rotting beams that had to be replaced. Because of the way they align with the existing joists, they will extend below the height of the sheetrock. The two ideas I ...
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What can I fill my deck beam trench with to prevent standing water?

I am in the process of building a multi level deck where the second level would be low to grade. As such, i had to dig some trenches (about 10-12" deep) as part of the beams will be below grade. ...
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Is there code compliant way to attach deck joists below a deck beam (or at least lower than flush with the top of the beam)?

I am trying to design a roof top deck above a flat roof on a row house. The deck must bear on the parapet walls (4 layers thick structural brick walls on both sides of the roof), it can not bear on ...
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Opening Load Bearing Wall

I have a home built in 1956 that has a load-bearing wall that is about 2ft off the main support beam in the basement. There is currently a 30" opening in wall with 2x4 header. I would like to ...
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What type of beam to span 20ft?

Looking for help understanding live and dead loads and the mathematical equation for what beam to use or help with what beam we should use. We are trying to span 20ft between kitchen and living room ...