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Bathroom remodel - pulling subfloor

I need to pull the subfloor in an upstairs bathroom to re-arrange the drain location. I imagine the plumber is going to cut a section out (rather than the full sheet). The thing that has me worried ...
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Carpet Replacement Questions

We are having some carpet replaced and have questions: 1. What is this block in the closet? The bedroom where this is being replaced has some weird issues. One is a piece of wooden blocking in the ...
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How to fix twisted floor joists and install blocking

I'm trying to get things ready in my unfinished basement to frame walls and finish it. Currently, I'm trying to add solid blocking between my floor joists and sister a few joists before I start ...
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Closing my basement vent

I am in the process of setting up electric baseboard heaters in my basement and I have 3 vents that runs from my furnace. Can I block those vent ducts?
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Draft & Fire Stop at Soffit

I am unclear whether the area between each floor joist needs fire blocking. Is it best practice to block the area between each floor joist where the soffit intersects or is draft stopping at the ...
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Proper Joist Installation to fix Subfloor Overhang

I am currently doing a full bathroom remodel on a house I just bought. The entire floor was rotted, so I had to remove it all the way down to the joists. I am planning on sistering two of the joists ...
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Can I cut through blocking to install light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in a bathroom just under 7 feet up on the wall and behind the very shallow electrical box is a blocking 1x4. The fixture we are installing needs about 3 inches of depth. ...
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Wall settling from water leak, poly foam injection or push piers?

I have a home built in 1976. It is 32'x 60'. There are two 'beams' (3 sistered 2x10s) that span the 60'. The beams were supported by two sistered 2x6 every 8'to 10' on concrete pads. There is a 14x40'...
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How many nails can be in a floor joist before it's a problem?

This sounds like a weird question but I can't find an answer online to it. We have a non-loadbearing partition wall that is sitting parallel to but between two joists. In between the joists, there is ...
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How do I attach subfloor around perimeter with vent and exhaust in the way?

I had some water damage. We wanted to remodel anyways, so I ripped everything out, including the subfloor. Now it looks like this: Here's the same angle, color-coded and labelled for reference: ...
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Can I remove and replace blocking that's pushing up on subfloor, causing hump?

Over the summer (in humid Louisiana), we witnessed a hump emerge (about 0.5" from high point to the low point a few feet away) in our kitchen in our relatively new house. Very annoying. I went ...
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Double blocking in deck - how to install straight-line double blocking?

In preparing to build a guardrail with posts on the outside of the deck, I see a diagram in the Simpson PDF (bottom left diagram on page 3 of https://ssttoolbox.widen.net/view/pdf/xeuwdrqaen/T-C-...
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What's the purpose of this lumber resting on top plate of the wall?

Today I was doing some due diligence to open up an interior wall on the first floor or 2 story house built in 1968. The wall runs parallel to the joists so presumably is a non load bearing. When I cut ...
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Is 3/4 plywood good enough for blocking

I want to hang a vent hood on the wall and this wall has electrical and gas pipe between studs. It only has enough space for 3/4 plywood blocking. Is this adequate? Thanks
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How do I repair and block up a completely cut top plate?

I removed some in-wall ducting coming from the attic that fed registers on both sides of the wall. I intend on patching up the drywall of course, but before I do I want to block up the hole in the top ...
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Where should I put the railing post in my deck design?

I'm in the process of building a deck. Frame/rim joists are now complete, and I'm working on the blocking for the picture frame and screw-in aluminum posts. I am planning on picture framing the steps ...
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replacing flooring with no subfloor - walls sit on top of finish floor

I need to replace the hardwood floors on the second floor of an old home. A challenge is that the existing floors are nailed directly to the floor joists, with the walls resting on top of the finish ...
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Stuck padlock without key - its attachements to the door seem stuck, how could I remove it?

I recently lost the key to the padlock for the door in the garage. This was installed by the previous owner. Don't have a duplicate of the key and could not find the original I've lost. So I tried ...
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Do I need a nailing edge around the perimeter of my room for my new AdvanTech subfloor?

I have torn out the original flooring from by 1910 Victorian so that I can level the joists and install new sound subfloor. I'm using 3/4" AdvanTech T&G subfloor, glued and screwed to the new ...
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What are my options for grab bar blocking when pipes are in the way?

As part of my master bathroom remodel I'm adding blocking for grab bars. In most areas where I need blocking, I can just use 2-by-something blocking without any problem. There's a corner though where ...
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Blocking up an unused door with timber / cladding. How to protect from weather and insulate?

I have a rotting backdoor that forms a side entrance to a conservatory. The door is never used. I plan to take out the door, build a timber frame where the door frame and sill was, and then install ...
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my house has old warped joists. Is joist blocking safe?

I purchased a house built in 1960 and like other people have mentioned the terrible bounce, I got the same exact situation. I'm thinking of installing blocking to strengthen the floor. The 7 joists ...
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Can I remove blocking to level floor and sister this joist?

I'm replacing hardwood flooring but the subfloor isn't flat. In the area above this picture, I can slide two fingers under a 6 foot framing level that's laying perpendicular to the joists. That spot, ...
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Do I need blocking between 2x8 joists with an 8-foot span in a kid's fort?

About to embark on a DIY project to build my kids a fort. It will be a deck using 4x4's for legs, holding up a box of 2x8's. Three interior joists for a total of 7 2x8's will make up the frame for the ...
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Joist re-enforcement instead of sister

So I've got a scenario where I'd like to re-enforce my joists, and I don't currently have the ability or time to sister the entire length of the 12' joists. Now I could remove blocking, insulation, ...
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How should I nail blocking?

I am struggling to efficiently add blocking to 16" stud bays when I can't end nail through the other side of the stud. I have a full-size nailer, a palm nailer, and a hammer or two--but not a lot of ...
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Add bracing to I-Joist

I am trying to build a non-load bearing wall parallel to the I-joist in my basement. I know that I need to add bracing to span the gap between the wall and the joist, but I am slightly confused as to ...
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Acceptable tension on copper piping?

Earlier this week I had a plumber rough in valve/piping for a shower renovation. Since then, I have decided to go back and redo the walls (long, long story) and, as a result, the final finished wall ...
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Blocking above wall in the way of new ceiling

I have a finished basement wall that has an exposed header since removing a drop ceiling. My goal is to replace the ceiling with a flush ceiling, perhaps drywall or a joist-mount grid system. The way ...
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Why is blocking never placed "sideways"?

If you are blocking for structural strength (not fire protection or nailing surface), wouldn't it be better to put the 2x4s sideways, oriented the way they would be in a built-up header?
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Can I safely remove this unused blocking from a load-bearing wall?

In opening up an exterior (load-bearing wall) to re-insulate it and replace wood paneling with drywall, I found a weird piece of blocking towards the top. It doesn't look like it's supporting anything,...
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Can I replace a floor joist cross-brace with two horizontal pieces of blocking in the same spot?

I am doing some remodeling and want to run a 6-inch HVAC (kitchen exhaust hood) duct through the floor joists. There is one section where the path is impeded by a standard floor joist cross-brace. Can ...
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How do I properly lay a tongue and groove plywood subfloor in a remodel?

When laying T&G plywood subfloors, do all of the edges need to be supported around the perimeter of the room? If so, I may need to add some sort of blocking in my project and I'm not sure of the ...
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