Questions tagged [framing]

For questions generally relating to the internal structural members of a home or other structure that form walls, ceilings and roofs, including studs, plates, headers, beams, and joists.

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Is an 8" header adequate over a 10' nook in an exterior wall?

I am redesigning my entertainment nook. I've taken out all the shelves, sheetrock and most of the framing that was my entertainment nook and fireplace. There is a 10' 4x8 header that spans the ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

We are adding a new closet by cannibalizing space from our rather large lower-level storage room / utility space. I am trying to understand if there are any stipulations around drywalling both sides ...
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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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Shoring exterior with parallel ceiling joists

The structural engineer says I need to shore up the ceiling here on the first floor of a two-story home, In order to repair the sole plate on the exterior wall to the right. However the joists run ...
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New-ish to GoBoard, stud spacing question

Recently, I spent a summer working for a professional tile installer. I had a great deal of DIY experience already mainly with Hardie, Regauard and Kerdie products. It seems a lot of pros however ...
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How to frame wall for a long drain plumbing

UPDATE 1: Added pic for my "idea" I am building a new office structure inside my warehouse. The structure is 10'x30' and one side is against the existing wall. The other side is next to a ...
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Reason for two studs next to each other inside wall? Safe to drill through?

I'm looking to move this outlet to the other side of these studs, so that the outlet doesn't overlap with a wainscoting stile. Doing so will involve putting a ~3/8" hole though the studs to run ...
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Temporary support wall

I need to build a temporary support wall in order to replace a sole plate in an exterior load bearing wall that has termite damage. I will access from inside the house. There is a crawl space/basement ...
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Do I need to bolt bottom plate to shop concrete foundation?

I have a shop with concrete foundation. I am planning to build a little office where one wall is against and secured into current shop wall. In that case, do I still need to bolt the other 3 wall ...
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Repairing termite damage floor joist

I have some old termite damage to the end of a 2x12 floor joist. One end is sitting on a metal beam running along the centerline of my two story house (that sits on the foundation walls). The other ...
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How much old termite damage is acceptable?

Renovating a house. We confirmed with a pest company that there was a prior termite infestation but no current termite infestation. We are replacing some baseboards and I saw evidence of the old ...
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Framing a Soffit with Construction Screws

I am building a soffit around my HVAC in the garage. I still have to remove the dry wall from the floor truss so I included a pic of an exposed area. The question is I do not have a framing nailer and ...
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Any tricks to adjust windows that are not collinear?

I spent so much time making sure each window was level and plumb that I didn't think to make sure they were equal to each other. Now that they're flashed and nailed, they're about 3/8" off which ...
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Joists in Basement (for main floor) black - is this mold?

In a storage area in my basement, the ceiling is not finished. I notice recently that the wood joists for the main floor are covered in these patches of black. Is this likely mold or something else (...
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Should I extends stackable concrete piers all the way up to an elevated cabin floor?

I am in the process of building a 19'x19' cabin that will be perching on 8' piers. I got a structural engineer draft for the foundation and piers and he recommended using nine 6"x6" posts ...
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Can frame made of 2x2's be used to hold drywall for a faux wall

I'm looking to create a 5.5'(tall) x 12' (wide) faux-wall which will stand and rest on the floor and on and in front of an existing wall. It's not supporting any weight other than the DW laid ...
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Attach a second floor to an existing home with stucco walls

We have a covered porch in our home supported by two columns on each end. We are trying to get sunrooms built on both the ground and first floor where we currently have a porch. The rooms would be ...
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How do I add doorway under stairscase storage?

I'm looking to add storage under the staircase in our basement, but the wall looks to be load-bearing. I'm planning to use two 2x10's (or 2x12 if there's room) with 1/2" plywood sandwiched ...
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Flushing LVL up when not as thick as wall?

Can LVL beams be used with spacer blocks in the center to flush the LVL material up on each exterior side? For example when using two 1-3/4" thick LVL's with 2x6 trimmer material it only comes ...
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What is the purpose of this steel pipe lagged to the stud in this dividing wall?

We’re looking to open up a wall that separates the kitchen and living room. The wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, currently has a 3ft doorway. The house is a single story slab on grade located in SoCal. ...
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Which rafter hanger is best

I am building rafters to connect to a ridge board for a shed and I am torn between the rafter hangers to use. These are the two options: The reason I am torn is that the one RR rafter hanger is ...
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Is this an appropriate roof setup

I am creating a standard A frame roof (4.5:12 or 5:12 pitch) for my shed using rafters and a ridge board. The ridge board is 2x8 and is spanning 14 feet for the length of the shed (12x14). I am using ...
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Basement framing and furring

I have an unfinished basement that I would like to finish. Well it's sort of half finished by previous owner but I'm probably going to rip out and start from the scratch anyway. So the house is on a ...
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How to fire block/draft block large gaps in the basement?

Coming up on my inspection and I am unsure what to use to fire-block/draft stop parts of my basement. The framing around the perimeter sits between 4" to 6" away from the poured concrete. I'...
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Where to add door for basement office at bottom of stairs with space constraints?

I'm working on refinishing my basement and I want to turn one of the downstairs rooms into an office. I need to add a door to close off the room which happens to be entered from the bottom of the ...
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Does sheathing overlap in corners and what happens to 8' walls?

Is sheathing supposed to overlap the corners? If not do you fill the corner with anything? If you plan to install rigid insulation over the sheathing does that change anything? If you do overlap, how ...
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Close off an unwanted window

I have a window that I'm looking to remove from the middle of the kitchen and replace with cabinetry. I will replace the opening with new framing and OSB for sheathing outside. My question is ...
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Do you have to subtract the skirt board width when measuring stair width?

It's my understanding that if you have 3' wide treads and you put drywall on top you no longer meet code because your stair width is now 2-11". Is that also true for skirt board?
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How to frame a basement ceiling for drywall

In the process of finishing my basement and one of the rooms has mechanicals on the ceiling. Because these mechanicals cover ~40% of the ceiling I want to frame and drywall the entire ceiling at the ...
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Securing interrior wall to concrete floor with hydronic heating

I purchased my current property before all of the buildings were completed. As such, I have a 60x80 outbuilding that has the plumbing roughed in for a bathroom, but the bathroom was not installed. I ...
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Should I use steel brackets for shed floor framing resting on sleepers?

I am building a 12’x14’ shed on a gravel pad I built. I am going to order the wood to start the shed floor this week and had a few questions. First my plan is to do 2x6 pressure treated(ground rated) ...
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can I do this to support a hot tub on a deck

I have a hot tub that measures 7x7 and weight is around 4400 pounds with 5 hefty people in it. I am in the process of building a new 16x40 deck and my wife wants the hot tub on it, the finished deck ...
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Did I Make a Major Framing Mistake?

I am an absolute ameteur trying to frame my basement remodeling project by myself and I've learned a lot since the start of this project, but I am worried the parts I didn't know are going to come ...
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Do I need to improve structure above basement window?

I'm planning to fix and replace the basement windows and I am wondering if there is anything I need to do to improve the header structures. Original windows were cemented to the foundation. Two 2x8 ...
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Rain shelter for tablesaw

I'd like to build some kind of simple shelter on my uncovered deck so that I can use my tablesaw outside when it is raining. I was hoping for something simple that I could make from 2x4s, rope, tarp ...
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How much weight can my garage beams carry?

I have a bed rack and tent on the bed of my pickup truck that I‘d like to get on and off easily. I am thinking of purchasing a hoist system for my garage: https://garagesmart.com/products/truck-top-...
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How to reinforce a basic wood shed frame?

I have a somewhat simple wood shed built mostly of 2x4. On its own it seems sturdy enough. We had one guy at a time on the roof to put the shingles on and that felt reasonably safe. However, the walls ...
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Angle Braces In Place of Stud

edit: Not an expert on the subject, but I think my question could be “reframed” as what are framing options when you can’t use a king stud on a load bearing wall? I believe tried and true solutions ...
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Is this post supporting my roof framing intended to be permanent?

I purchased a new build last year and recently got my warranty inspection done. Both the inspector I hired before closing and the inspector I hired to do warranty inspection (different inspectors) ...
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attic remodel - insulation, ventilation, and general questions

it's time to really get to work on my attic remodell. House is gable roof home with continuous soffit vents (of a kind - my home doesn't have eaves really, there is only a tiny amount of overhang, so ...
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What connector to use at corner for two beams and post?

I'm trying to build a shed-roof pavilion. Specs: 6x6 Posts 3-ply 2x12 beams My question is how do I connect the 3-ply beams with another beam to the post at the corner flush? I found a Simpson ...
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Floating Basement Walls: Dealing with Doorways and Floor Cabinets

There is quite a bit of information available on floating basement frames in areas with expansive soil, but there aren't many resources available to provide suggestions on how to handle doorways. The ...
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Reinforcing a Subfloor Before Installing Tile

I want to reinforce my bathroom subfloor before I install Hardiebacker and tile. The original construction is 4-in X 6-in beams 4-ft O.C. with 1 1/8-in T&G plywood spanning the beams; there are ...
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Raised Deck for Enclosed Sunroom

I framed a 14' x 16' deck on piers between 3-4' from grade as the base for an enclosed, heated Sunroom. I applied 4X8 sheets of 1/2" PT to the underside. Then I used 1 1/2" Styrofoam ...
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Is there an only proper way to frame a stud wall?

I can't find a rule book on properly framing a wall. Seems like there are no rules for studs placement except those for doors or windows and the 2 studs on the ends. But the inspector does check for ...
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Sistering a joist with no space on any side

I am doing some work to the area underneath my master bath. While opening up the walls we found some large holes drilled into the joists for the plumbing running through it. In one case I have two ...
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Any creative ideas for dealing with this long drop next to stairs?

My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the ...
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Understanding Framing of Tall Interior Walls

The "great room" in our hom has one wall that is essentially two stories, above which is just the attic and framing for the roof. This wall is ~16ft tall and ~20ft long. It is the interior ...
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Moving the opening into my kitchen, with plaster and expanding metal lath

I would like to move the entryway into my kitchen over about 10 inches. The wall is plaster with metal lath and metal studs. No wood at all. I am wondering how to frame the new entryway. What ...
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What are pros and cons of replacing full door casings or just replacing the door itself? [closed]

We're going to update or entire house to a more modern craftsman style and we're starting with the doors and casings. We have 10 doors upstairs (three half-size), and 7 downstairs to replace. Since we'...

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