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 this kitchen wall parallel with the joists load-bearing?

I purchased a house with an outdated kitchen. I would like to remove an interior wall to open up the kitchen into the dining room space. I've removed the drywall and was wondering if this wall is ...
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What size LVL beam to replace 17 foot load bearing wall (marriage wall) on first floor of two story colonial modular home

We are currently in the process of opening up the space between the living room and family room on the first floor. The house is a 2 story, 2600 square foot colonial modular house. The wall we would ...
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Best way to mount metal boxes on EMT run through 2x4 framing

I've gone over this in my head a few times, and I think this is the best solution given the problem at hand. Just want to get some feedback and see if anyone has an alternative idea. This is going to ...
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Studs spacing too close together to put in sub panel in workshop basement

I am putting in a sub panel on a load bearing interior wall ( basement wall with 12ft ceilings ) The studs are 2x6 and around 10-12in OC so I can not fit the panel I have (14in wide) The house was ...
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How do I brace shed walls against shear when sheathing cannot overlap rim joist?

I'm building an 8' by 13.5' shed with a loft. I posted previously about the floor frame being slightly larger than the planned floor. Below is the intended floor framing, as seen in the plan: Here is ...
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What are these brackets?

I’m doing a remodel and found these brackets attached to some of the studs. The home was built in 1902. What are these brackets?
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Can I replace two 2x4 jack studs with a steel bracket attached to side of adjacent 6x6 king stud?

As part of my kitchen remodel, I want to move my refrigerator into a closet. In order for the refrigerator to fit width-wise, I need to remove two jack studs on one side of the closet that are ...
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Tiny House on a 8x 27 5th wheel RV frame.20 ft main frame 7 ft on 5th wheel top frame

Rv is gone 100% only frame and dual wheels left. I'm wanting to build the walls and rafters from a metal material. size or grade which metal? no welding.. thought it better for weight. will not ...
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Fixing very old, very undersized ceiling joists

I own a 24x60' uninsulated building that's about 100 years old. The roof is matched 2x4 rafters (no ridge board) with 2x4 ceiling joist (technically rafter ties I guess). As you can imagine, the ...
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Framing in a home's crawlspace

Looking to take some time in the new year to frame out an area of my "crawlspace." It has about 7.5' clearance in height, so it'll be tight... but my goal is to make a workbench area for ...
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Home climbing wall - does this design look structurally sound?

I'm building a freestanding climbing wall that will sit in my garage. My design is two triangle frames built from 2x6 (green) with plywood panels (red) attached to the frame with 2x4 studs on the back ...
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Wall stud spacing too tight for replacement medicine cabinet

Replacing old medicine cabinet with a new one. Space is just shy of 14-1/4 inches wide between two wall studs. Medicine cabinet could use another 1/8" to fit inside. I am contemplating sanding ...
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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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Why does Simpson Strong Tie require nails that would protrude beyond the rafter they're penetrating?

Why does Simpson Strong Tie require 2-1/2" nails for the H2.5A connector when the rafter is only 1-1/2 inches thick? The nails into the rafter protrude 1". The requirement is listed in the ...
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How might I attach pieces of lumber between two garage ceiling joists for the larger goal of mounting a punching bag to the lumber?

I'm extremely new to home improvement and am seeking some input from people far more experienced than myself on the following project. In short, I want to install a punching bag in my garage. The bag (...
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What type of lumber should I use for narrowing a recessed hole in my bathroom wall, to be used for a new cabinet?

I'm putting in a new bathroom cabinet, and the hole is 1 3/8" too large on both top and bottom, and 1/2" too large on both left and right. What type of lumber or cut would I use to shim ...
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Building a New Wall with Projector Niche

I’m hoping to transform my basement into a home theater space. While there’s a lot involved in the project, the primary scope involves (see pictures below): Close the opening on the front wall Create ...
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References to calculate lumber size and span for flat roof?

I want to design a flat roof extension to create a screen patio. I would like to find a reference for maximum span and sizing with standard (such as SY pine) lumber for beams and joists. I'm not going ...
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Removing a stud (or two) under a ceiling beam

The wall in this picture is in the middle of a large, previously framed but unfinished basement. I'm trying to figure out if there is proper support in the top beam for me to remove a stud (or two) to ...
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Attic knee wall custom ripped top plate - Will it work?

Can I use a table saw to cut a 4x4 at an angle to replace the top plate in this knee wall to salvage the wall? Background: I have an attic bedroom which lacked insulation. The rafters are only 2x4s so ...
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Are the electrician's holes in my framing a structural concern?

The electrician for my basement finish went a little overboard on the framing in this particular spot. Both to gain access to the wall where the new subpanel was put in and to route the wiring. I'm ...
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Frame a door under or around a beam?

I am looking to frame in a room in our unfinished basement. In the picture, I'm standing in the area that I want to finish, and I want to put a door in that approximate location to allow egress to ...
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What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls?

What are your drywall/cement board/framing flatness tolerances for tile supporting walls? I am rebuilding half of a frame and it is a challenge to bring all the studs in the same plane. I do know ...
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How to handle existing electrical when adding a partition wall where two existing wall switches exist? [duplicate]

I'm adding a wall to turn a loft into a bedroom. The new framing will be right where an existing junction box is. Coming into the box from the top right are two 14/3 romex cables for a 3-way hallway ...
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Adding strongback bracing to an existing floor truss

I just bought a house built around 2006. The floor has a ~32' span supported by 24" deep trusses on 19.2" centers. The trusses do not have strongback bracing installed (well there is a 2x4 ...
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How to frame for a drywall ceiling with 8 feet between trusses?

I have a post frame building that was recently constructed where the post and joists have 8 foot on center spacing. The building is 38' x 54' and we had a 2nd floor built on the North end of it which ...
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Cutting an area of vinyl plank flooring that is already installed

Last year I installed vinyl plank flooring in my basement (on concrete floor + underlay), including an area under the stairs. I now want to build a closet under the stairs and have the problem having ...
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Rotating a staircase and making a new landing. How do I support it

I am looking to rotate this staircase. Instead of descending in a southerly direction, I would like them to descend to the east. To do that my plan is to make the top step (step 5) into a landing and ...
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Can I use steel framing in a shower enclosure

Turned onto steel framing by a coworker. Part of a wall will extend into a shower enclosure. I will be putting green board over it and then tiling. The coworker seemed to recall using steel in a ...
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White specks on framing lumber

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. I found that some lumbers (about 4-5) on the first ...
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Do I need to plan my framing depending on the position of the wall to glass clamps for a frameless shower?

My design includes a frameless shower glass enclosure This is for a corner and it will have two fixed glass panels I am now building the framing and I am trying to understand if I should provide ...
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What is the purpose of this joint in my wall stud?

I am getting ready to install a new bathtub and shower. After ripping everything out I noticed all the studs behind the original bathtub wall have cuts. See photo. If anyone can explain why the studs ...
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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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How can I repair a 1/2" hole partially into one of the king studs of my bathroom door frame?

I was trying to mount a shelf above the door in my bathroom. I used a stud finder before starting but apparently wasn't able to locate any studs and decided that I could use a toggle bolt I had on ...
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Help me build this soffit

I need to enclose the shown duct work in a soffit (shown in blue). The ceiling joists run parallel to the soffit and (shown in red). They are 24” spaced and the spot I need to attach the soffit to, ...
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Are missed nails and gaps between members a concern in new construction framing?

I’ll preface this by saying this is our first home build and my wife and I are very new to the process. After having some issues with our builder we finally started framing last week. After walking ...
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Can you use three 2x8 sandwiched with 1/2" plywood between to get a 16' header

Header to supporting the roof and rafters. It was a patio converted to a sun room and I would like to replace two large windows with a sliding door. Currently 4x10x12 header with post in middle. ...
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Can I use corner brackets to rebuild a wall frame that has the horizontal 2x4s extended in an adjacent room?

The picture below shows the situation as it is right now. I need to rebuild the frame on the wall where you see the vertical red and blue water supply pipes. So the plan is to remove the two vertical ...
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Should I cut back drywall before installing a new wall?

I'm adding a new wall/door in a current finished loft space to convert it from a loft to a bedroom. I've already decided to trim back the carpet and carpet pad to attach my bottom plate to the ...
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Can I install a ridge vent on simple truss shed roof (no ridge beam)?

I am building an 8x12 shed and leaning toward a ridge vent/soffit vents for my ventilation. The gable vents won't really work with the aesthetic on the sides. I'm building simple trusses using 2x4s ...
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Is lag bolting ledger board into foundation safe for overhead storage?

I'm planning a project for an unfinished room in the basement and I have an important structural question. There's about 15' of vertical space but I want to build 10' ceilings with access to overhead ...
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Help with framing around old basement stairway

I know this is always a tough question, but just looking for any insight. We are working on a bathroom reno in our basement and it happens to be where an old set of stairs came down to the basement. ...
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Hanging swing from back patio roof

My back patio roof is a flat roof with 2x6 rafters which look to be connected to the house using joist hangers. The far end of the rafters sit on a 4x12 beam. With the weight of the swing and people,...
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Basement floating wall or not?

I am framing out an 8ft non-load bearing wall in my basement. It is required to use floating walls in my city. When the basement was finished in 2000, they used metal studs and the walls are not ...
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I need to get 5/8“ into the framing 3” high at the base of my wall framing; Is there an easy way to do this?

In the picture below I need to push the shower base like 5/8" into the frame at the top of the picture The shower base is 3" high The framing is a mess as it hosts the piping for the old ...
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Rough opening is too small for sliding patio doors

Just before installing a sliding glass patio door today in our self-built home, we measured the rough opening and it is 1-3/4 inch too short for the height of the slider. (The slider is 6 feet wide by ...
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Should I put a vapor barrier under metal framing in a basement?

I will be framing out my basement with steel so the bottom track will be on the concrete slab. Is it required to put some sort of vapor barrier between the slab and the track? I couldn't find anything ...
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Can I put a “U” turn in my range hood exhaust duct?

In the photo below The red arrow represents the direction of the exhaust, as you can see there is a load bearing joist in the middle which I can't cut. I'm planning to build a recessed ceiling on that ...
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Can I put a 6" hole in this ceiling joist?

I'm working on my kitchen to add a range hood that goes outside the house. I'm putting the 6" exhaust pipe in my ceiling, between my 1st and 2nd floor, going in the direction of the ceiling ...
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How can I run 2" sink vent stack through top plate?

I'm renovating my kitchen which used to have soffits. We've pulled out all the soffits and framing of the soffits. The vent stack for my sink goes up the wall and comes out of the wall just before the ...

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