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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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Can I cut into a header to install a taller exterior door?

I have a double wide mobile home with existing slider and replacing it with french doors. The size is going from 71 1/2 x 76 to 71 1/2 x 80. I don't believe that there are cripple studs above the ...
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Mold Removal from Exterior Beams

I live in an small residential condo building that has an open courtyard with quite a few overhead beams, one of which is developing unsightly mold. As these beams age, they start to shed and chip, ...
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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 ...
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Connecting beam to post with T straps

I am thinking of how to connect two beams over three posts to each other and to the posts. In this country (NZ) I found two T straps for this: Simpson APT4 MiTek Bowmac B38 The thing is, that I can ...
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Looking for a practical way to find the metal posts locations in finished walls

I am looking for a practical way to find metal posts location in a finished basement walls or finished ground floor walls. I am trying to understand how my house was built. I would like to remove a ...
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Treehouse joists on beams or beside beams?

Looking at treehouse plans online - sometimes you see joists on top of the support beams, sometimes it's all one layer using joist hangers. Is it best if joists are on top or does it matter? Here is ...
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What should I use to frame walls inside a concrete structure?

I recently bought a house and it has an unfinished suspended garage (big concrete room with 12’ ceilings in the basement under the garage). The walls, floor, and ceiling are all concrete and there ...
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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 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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What should I use to seal cracks between stone foundation and sill beam?

I'm in the process of replacing subfloor and joist sistering and noticed some pretty serious gaps between the foundation and sill beam after clearing away the loose debris between joists. Would it be ...
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Does this swing cross beam installation plan make sense?

I'd appreciate a sanity check for this plan to create a swing set: My porch has a 6x6 vertical support. I'd like to attach a 6x6 crossbeam facemounted on the porch's vertical support, going out ...
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4x6 wood swingset beam, single span, center load max lbs?

I'm building a swing set with a 10 ft 4x6 pine beam. I would like to determine how much active load the beam can support at the center point, or at least minimally how much static load. I've ...
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Bracket to lay 3× 2x6 on top a 4x4 post?

I am trying to re-purpose existing 4x4 exterior posts to install a swinging seat. The kit that we are using calls for the top beam to be composed of at least 3x 2x6 pieces. Does anyone know of an ...
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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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Freestanding Pergola with 2x12x15ft beams need knee braces to prevent sagging?

I built a freestanding pergola on my existing pool deck. I used pressure-treated lumber, ( southern pine ) eight 6x6 posts sandwiched with 2x12 beams that span approx. 15ft, 14ft and 10ft. All ...
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Floor Support Repair

Slight sway in kitchen floor, I Removed a divider wall in a basement and discovered the previous homeowner had removed a staircase and filled in the entryway by adding 2"x 12' joists that are only ...
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How can I prevent post support brackets from creaking under foot traffic?

I (well, a contractor) added a new addition to my house, and the floor creaks when I walk on it. I crawled under the addition and identified the problem. On each footing, there is a steel bracket ...
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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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Are 2 2x10s attached at 2 points enough to hold a a 2500lb floor sitting on top of them for a tree house?

I am wanting to span between 2 trees with 12 to 15 foot beams. I will have one beam on one side of the trees and another beam on the other side. The beams will be supported 1/3 in from one end and 1/3 ...
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Ceiling and roof sagging in ranch house

The house is constructed with 2x4 trusses, 24 inch on center. The trusses span an open area 27 ft long with no support in between so the ceiling is sagged in the middle and the roof ridge is sagged as ...
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How to attach replacement beams to column when repairing pergola

I'm planning to replace some rotten beams on a free-standing pergola. What is the best way to attach them to the top of the existing columns? The columns are hollow squares made of 3/4" boards with a ...
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Replacement deck beam equivalence

I have to replace the main beam in a deck at my house. The deck is 10 x 23 and the beam is 6 feet from the wall with the other side of the deck supported from the wall. The deck joists are sistered to ...
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Sizing I-beams for two Floors to replace LVLs [closed]

I had an engineer size some LVLs to help support an existing(sagging) floor. See image for majority of info needed. The Blue beam is (3) 14" LVLs laminated [192" (16' 0") Long] and the Red beam is (4)...
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How to finish concrete ceiling - beam span calculation

I have a room below my garage (suspended slab). I want to finish the room/ceiling. The room's dimensions are approximately 24' x 23.5' (this is to the walls, which are already framed/dry-walled). I ...
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Close up drafty gap between wood beam and concrete wall?

Lots of cold air coming through a variable narrow - about 1-2 cm (0.5 in) - gap between a wooden beam and the concrete wall in the basement (image 1 below). What can I fill it with? Worried about ...
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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 I mount my hangboard on a wooden ceiling beam?

My main worry is that I am 180 lbs and this would have to support my weight
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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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Does beam orientation matter for structural engineering calculation values from wood supplier tables?

One can get values for load bearing of simple wood constructions and thus the right beam profile dimensions to choose from tables from wood supplies (e.g. http://www.merkleholz.de/en/Static-table-KVH-...
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Should this 3 ply LVL bear on a single 2x4?

My engineer has designed a 6'6" beam to carry my load and this would consist of 3 LVL glued and screwed together. 7 1/2" LVL. Like most LVL, a single ply is 1 3/4" deep. So, as he has it specified 3 ...
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Wood beams for pallet rack wire decking

What size, type, and grade of lumber would I need to use as joists to support wire decking used for pallet racks over an 11-foot overhead span? 42D" x 46W" wire decks supporting up to 2,500 lbs. are ...
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using C clamp on ceiling beam to avoid screw holes - will it hold?

Trying to install LED panel lights on a loft ceiling. There's a ridge beam I can attach them to, but I'd like to avoid putting in screw holes if possible (this is a condo that has shared structural ...
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Support Beam Splitting

I bought an older house (1917) that had renovations done in 2009. I was in the basement earlier today with the oil delivery man and I noticed some of the support beams splitting. The inspector never ...
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How to calculate the influence on load bearing on beams cut/notched for connections?

I have trouble understanding what's the point in cutting beam endings in order to make wood construction connections. Assume a connection of a 50mm x 50 mm beam (green) to a 100mm x 100mm beam (pink) ...
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Proper way to secure a basement post to a metal I-beam

A home inspection noted that the center beam in our basement was not secured. What is required to secure a beam to a column, and is it really required? The house is in Oakland Co, Michigan, so ...
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Beam type/size for opening 15ft load bearing wall

I have a 15 foot span with an opening of 8 feet already there. I want to know what size beam I should use to be able to take down the rest of the wall. I’m curious of what size beam would I need to ...
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Should columns supporting a beam be fastened to the floor?

I am trying to take down a load bearing wall and have had an engineer draw plans and advise I use a steel beam and columns to support the floor above. Do I need something to secure the columns to the ...
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load bearing beam

I need to add a beam to a 28'w x 24'd home. Do I have to run a beam perpendicular to the floor joists (the 28') or can I run several the 24' parallel to the joints? The home was built with rafters ...
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Is it safe for my house's main carrying beam to be two separate beams?

My house is 115 years old. The floors slope towards the center in every direction. I just discovered the main carrying beam is not continuous from the front of house to the back. The first is about 15'...
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How to Fill Gap Between Steel Beam and Concrete Pillar?

I have a Concrete Foundation Pillar that is 5/8th of an inch too short. What filler materials are appropriate when a steel I Beam will be resting on it? Can I use mortar, or is steel more appropriate?
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Contractor cut joists short (followup to earlier question)

We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The floor joists are 2x10. The joists are 2x10 ...
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Contractor cut joist hangers to make them fit

(edited with additional info re. header) We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The ...
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Supporting Ridge Beam Post with LVL?

I want to open this span (about 12') and planning to purchase 2 x 10" LVL's which will sit beneath the double top plate that is already there (so our beam will be 12.5" tall x 3.5" thick). There is ...
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regarding concrete basement floor and adding wall/supports to reduce sag

I have a basement slab, and a triple 2x10 backbone supported by steel columns. I've got a little sag in one which combined with other issues above, results in less than desired sag in the second floor ...
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Load bearing wall above door?

I have a narrow hallway with a doorway right in the middle. I'm trying to get rid of as much of the doorway as possible. I got rid of the trim and this 1/2 inch door frame.... but what's going on in ...
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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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Strange looking garage beam support post

I was looking to buy this house and then realize this room is strange. It used to be a garage but got converted to living space (with permit): It was a single lumber running across so I am not ...