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Framing board removal from attic

In our attic we have a a set of 3 attic trusses on each side. In-between these trusses are horizontal boards that are just nailed in. I am wondering if I could remove 1 of these horizontal boards ...
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Can i remove wall bracing on the first level after i put my floor trusses on and sheet them?

I have a 64" poured icf and 57" framed walls on top of that everything is braced and the floor trusses are ready to be installed. I am wondering if after I put the trusses and sheathing them ...
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Best Snippers For Exposed Nail Tips

I had a company put a torch roof over my patio and the installer used some nails that were a little too long so I have (30) 1/4" long tips visible through the wood from my patio underneath, so I'...
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Is it a problem that a sill plate is not flush with foundation outer wall?

I'm planning to install a 1.5" rigid insulation over the sheathing on my new home. I will also add 1" furring strips to support the siding. That adds up to 2.5" total. My goal is to ...
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Are 1x2 walls ok for framing the bottom kneewalls in my basement?

I'm in Minnesota. We have a unfinished/partially finished basement with daylight windows that we plan to work on. I'm trying to understand if it's OK on the kneewall where the Polyisocyanurate foam is ...
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Optimal Cable Routing for Basement Kitchen Circuits

I live in Ontario Canada How should I route the cables for three circuits in my basement kitchen? The circuits are designated for the fridge, microwave, and washing machine (which needs to go through ...
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Should I fill in the foundation when removing an exterior doorway?

My old, detached garage has a poorly-built addition. It has three pedestrian doors (in addition to the garage door. One door is sealed shut. Another is never used, and I decided to remove it, because ...
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How to join 2x4's in the long dimension

I'm going to be building a chicken coop and my design entails the walls having 2x4's put together in the long dimension, unlike normal wall studs (see picture). I'd like to try to avoid the precision ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

We are purchasing a home and have two rooms we would like to improve the window situation in. In the dining room we would like to replace the regular 36x54 double hung with a 48" round picture ...
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Replacing a small rotted deck, question about framing/step

So the small deck (or patio? it barely feels worth calling a deck at this point) on the front door of my house was rotted and sagging, so I pulled it out. After going over the DCA6 guide, I realized ...
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Rafters pulling apart from center support

Some of the rafters are coming apart in my attic. What is the best way for me to resolve this issue? Please note that a new roof was just put on over the problem. The roofer assured me that he would ...
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Can ceiling joists support the valley rafter?

Unseen roof leaks led to wood rot where the valley rafter landed on the exterior wall top plate. I cut away the rotten wood. This means I cut away not only some length of top plate but also the bottom ...
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If I put 1/2" skirt boards above stringers, will I still have enough room to support treads?

My GC's put in unfinished stairs during our renovations and now I need to finish them. They never asked if I wanted skirts (which I do) so the stringers are butted against the dry wall. I can remove ...
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Small wall of enclosed porch doesn't seem to be attached to concrete floor anymore, is there something I can reinforce the wall to the floor?

I have an enclosed porch. the small wall that the storm door is attached to doesn't appear to be anchored to the concrete floor anymore, if it was at all. Is there anything I can do to re-anchor it ...
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Vapor barrier (sheet) over concrete pad below ground level deck?

I've just finished the framing for a low deck that's partially over a concrete slab (see pics below). As you can see, there is minimal clearance under the deck for air circulation. I'm now thinking I ...
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Will the door fit in a rough opening only oversized 2 inches?

I have framed an opening for an exterior door that will be 32x80” and have therefore made the rough opening 34x82½”. Every 32x80 door I’ve looked at at Lowe’s and Home Depot call for a rough opening ...
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Shed Framing Lumber

Framing a 12x8 shed on a concrete slab I poured earlier this week. Thinking about using premium 2x4 Doug fir green for walls. Is this a mistake? It is 25% of the cost of KD-HT. Will use PT for the ...
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Preservative-treated posts in post frame construction: code interpretation

I am designing and building my own post-frame shop building and I need help with interpretation of the code. Specifically, my posts are connected to an engineered concrete foundation with wet-set ...
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Discovered that someone before me notched a jack stud, should i replace it while I'm in here?

I posted this on reddit in r/diy, but I'm realizing that the responses I'm likely to get my not be the most knowledgeable, so I figured I'd try here. We're remodeling our kitchen and I'm doing all of ...
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Gap between Rigid Foam Boards and Wall Framing (About 2 inches)

I am currently finishing my basement. I will be putting 1" rigid foam on the concrete wall of my basement and will have wall framing about 2 inches away from it. Is there a code or best practice ...
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How To Frame Around Stair Landing

We are looking to renovate our basement, adding in framing and insulation among other improvements to replace our current walls, which are simply a laminate wood panel nailed to some furring strips ...
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How much can a top plate in an exterior bearing wall be notched?

I'm trying to run a 2" vent through my 2x4 exterior wall for my double lav, and I'm wondering how far an I allowed to notching it? R602.6.1 says anything more than 50% needs a strap, but I can't ...
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Why can't you face nail/screw trusses?

All of the roof trusses I've ever seen use metal truss plates or plywood gussets. Is this fastening method much stronger than just overlapping the boards and face nailing them together? If so, why?
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When building a deck can I double my ledger and extend it out to a post and use it as a beam?

I am planning a deck that wraps around a corner of my house. A logical and obvious place to put a beam happens to line up perfectly with a wall that was already going to have a ledger. So.....why not ...
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How to pass NM cable through framing for fixture centered on gable end

I am looking to install a light fixture above my garage for my driveway. I would like the fixture to be centered, however this falls right against a stud on the framing. Is it permissible to drill a ...
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Can I change the plumbing pipe direction?

I am finishing my basement and currently in the process of framing for the pipes and ducts. the black pipe extends too far out of the ceiling cavity and is positioned diagonally. I aim to replicate a ...
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New room indoor staggered wall: I did not check if wall studs were on the same plane. How bad will drywalling be?

Hello! I just learned about the concept of plumb studs and having studs on the same plane. I have not had the experience of adding drywall or any wallboard yet, but I tackled this project anyway. Any ...
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Rotten porch post

I recently purchased a new home and the porch has a rotten post. I'm not entirely sure how to address it and would like some help because it seems like it's held up by hopes and dreams to begin with. ...
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Should I frame behind a basement shower above the shorty foundation?

I have an existing half concrete wall in the basement where I intend to frame over the concrete in the bedroom portion of the lower level and have a ledge. It's a waist high concrete wall that comes ...
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Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joist Douglas Fir#1 at 21-6 span at 24 on center?

In my garage I have a span of 21 feet and 6 inches with 2x8 rafters. Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joists on 24OC for an ADU? They will be sitting in the top plate of the walls. I am in California, and ...
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Do oscillating multitool blades that will cut 3-1/2" deep exist?

I need to cut out some rotten house framing. It is an exterior wall with stucco attached. The challenge is in cutting through the top plates. Since I cannot cut them at the same location, I need to be ...
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Will pressure treated wood with moisture damage regular framed wood in interior wall usage? Asking cause im framing a wall and noticed the moisture?

I have pressure treated wood to frame a bathroom wall in a shed and it has quite a bit of moisture in it. I'm concerned about matching it up to standard framing wood and flooring plywood & asking ...
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Help framing ceiling in attic

I've gotten a lot of help from browsing this forum, but coming up short on this questions... any advice and guidance is appreciated. 200 year old home in hot/humid area. Converting attic space into ...
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How to disconnect ceiling joists from wall to raise them for wall repair

I have to repair support wall framing. I will rent ceiling jacks. What is the best way to separate the joists from the wall top plate? I can't raise them while nailed to the top plate, and I don't see ...
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Shed 20x16 first time building [duplicate]

I’m planning on building a 20x16 shed. I’m thinking on buying 12in x 48in Quikcrete tubes and placing 6x6x20 treated lumber on top. Will this work?
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Need advice on underlayment for finished / converted garage floor

We recently bought a split level ranch in New England that we are renovating to make safe for our family. The previous owner had vinyl tiles in a converted garage, that is about halfway under grade ...
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Is there software to draw in 3D the house framing? [closed]

I want to be able to visualize and explain the specific and rather complex area that will need a rebuild. I don't care about colors or textures or anything, I just want to illustrate studs and plates ...
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Cracked 2x12 Ridge Board

A medium sized white pine fell on our house and punctured our roof in a few places, and also left a crack in what I believe is our ridge board (not beam). The board is a single 2x12, and from the ...
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Door jamb framing is out of plumb

I'm remodeling our family room and will need to put flooring down. The front doorway needs to be reframed so the door sits above the floor. The current jamb is a mess likely due to our old house's ...
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Does bark on one edge of a wall stud pose a structural risk?

During some recent renovations I discovered this gnarly stud within one of the walls of my basement. Previously it was buried deep in a crawlspace and far away from any exposure to my family, but I've ...
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How to properly add framing to existing wall to hang a TV (drywall to be replaced)?

I currently have an old art niche (square depression) on top of my fireplace that I plan to remove by cutting its existing drywall out, re-frame as needed and install a new drywall sheet on top. Later,...
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Roof: Must the entire rake be replaced if the bottom end has rot?

On my roof a rake comes down and lands on the top plate where a valley rafter also lands. A lot of water flows down the roof to this point. At some point in time it found a leak. It didn't help that ...
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How to place a patch in a top plate?

I need to replace about six feet of top plate. I will cut out the rotten section and insert new wood. What only makes sense to me is to center the cut over the stud so that the ends of the old and new ...
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Can I replace just the top rotten half of a wall stud rather than the whole thing?

The reason is I cannot readily access the sill plate. There is fireplace brickwork in front of the drywall there. I guess the best thing is add a sister that rests atop the sill plate but is not ...
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How to modify/remove stud wall bracing for doorway

The project I am attempting to bump out a pantry into my garage over my basement stairwell. Including appropriate clearance for the stairway, I will have an approximately 4x3 finished space on a floor ...
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Who do I hire to install a dormer in a roof?

I want to install a dormer in my attic in order to create more headroom and open it up. This is well beyond my DIY skills, so I want to engage a trade. Should I be looking for an engineer, a draftsman,...
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Mounting Pullup bar above door. Inner wall studs do not extend above door

I want to mount a pullup bar (rouge jammer) above a regular 30 inch wide door in my detached garage. I ran my studfinder above the door inside and could not find a stud. Upon opening up the drywall, I ...
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How to fix a funky roof transition

I'm getting ready to have my roof replaced and trying to tick off a few odd fixes before that. One thing that has always bugged/puzzled me is the way this roof transition is framed. The roof on the ...
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Technique for strapping a cathedral ceiling

I have an older cape (1947) and am finishing the upstairs. I was looking for help/idea on how to strap the ceiling to flatten out the uneven roofing rafters. I understand on a flat ceiling you could ...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

Update/solution for future reference: I used a laser level set 20in. above desired top the joists and then laid a joist on its side next to where it would ultimately be positioned and then used a ...
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