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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Should I build this 16' wall in place or build it in two sections?

I was able to build the 24' section in two 12' sections and lift it myself. It wasn't fun, so I'm going to say doing the 16's is not an option unless I break it up into two 8' walls. Now I'm just ...
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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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Find highest weight/square foot can handle

I have 504 square foot ( 18'x27') 2"x12"x18' joists 12" oc Ends attached to cement-filled block wall w/rebar In between end walls, the joists rest on cement -filled wall---10' on one ...
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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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Question about framing a lowered ceiling (like a large soffit.)

I am lowering a 10' x 10' section of the ceiling in my home for cosmetic reasons (to define an area) by about six inches lower. I plan to frame it like a soffit/bulkhead, with multiple long parallel &...
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Measuring Jamb Depth for New Construction Windows

I am building a detached garage that is not going to be insulated, however I would like the option to insulate in the future if needed. Also, I am going to use 7/8" corrugated siding on the ...
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Porch Swing Support

I have a 12' deep by 46' wide porch off the front of my house. The porch rafters are 2x6 8" OC with 2x4 laid flat on the bottom sides of every other joist. My wife would like to hang a porch ...
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What's the easiest way to make this elevated outdoor platform "safe enough" for hunting

Long story short I bought a house with an existing home made tree stand. I understand these aren't routinely recommended for hunting but I really don't care that much. It's in a good spot and would ...
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Flared Skylight Shaft Framing

Any tips for framing out a skylight shaft that’s flared/slanted on all 4 sides? The roof is pitched, interior ceiling is flat. Where I am struggling is how to frame up the sides, no issue with getting ...
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Professional builders. This is what they left. How do I fix?

We had a company frame, drywall a new bathroom. Although there are some minor issues, one I found well after the fact is the bypass bathroom closet door installation. Walls are pretty plumb, doors ...
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Sacrificial Barn Roof

So I am building a rather large (large for me anyway) barn/sheep shelter. It will measure 16x48 when complete. I have already started the framing, as you can see in the pics (the diagonal pieces are ...
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How would I prepare this narrow clearance wall for drywall?

I’m unsure how to set up this wall for the drywallers. I don’t have much clearance from the door opening to the concrete. There is also a layer of reflective insulation directly on the concrete. First ...
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Type of beam to use as a header

We're building a new duck coop so I've been playing around with some ideas. Here's my current design: The wooden beams are 8x8" beams that are 8 feet tall. They'll be anchored into the ...
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Replacing walkout basement concrete wall with wood framing

I’m trying to solve two problems with a 1000 sq ft brick each style house with a walk out basement. The back basement wall is concrete and has a sliding door on the walkout. In order to add a couple ...
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How make 2x4 fit under hanging studs that are too tight

Basement wall has cheap paneling on 2x4s hanging down from top but no longer anchored on concrete floor cause bottom 2x4 removed for new basement drainage trench install with new concrete over top. I ...
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Garage ceiling - reinsulate/drywall

My master shower leaked through to my garage; we've pulled all the garage ceiling drywall and installation anywhere the moisture meter read wet. Since, my plumber has repaired the leak, but before I ...
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Newbie questions on framing exterior basement walls

I'm looking into doing some finishing work on my basement, which is entirely unfinished at this time with the exception of some shelving. House is circa 2008 built in Western NY (Zone 5). Foundation ...
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Test if pantry framing is load-bearing?

Doing a little kitchen renovation. Below is the place where a small pantry and a stack of old double electric wall ovens once lived. The pantry was on the left, and you can probably make out the door ...
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Header size for enlarged opening...am I reading this correctly?

I'm enlarging an opening for a front door. I'm trying to work out the header size. Please see attached picture for reference. Structure: As the structure of my house doesn't match what is in the code ...
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16" on center framing spacing corner - optimize for butt- vs by- wall, interior vs exterior panels?

newbie framing question here. Haven't done any framing myself yet but I'm planning to do some and educating myself. This is a pretty theoretical question so all theoretical or practical experience is ...
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How to attach a 4x4 deck railing post above a 6x6 support post

I have a raised deck that I'm building at my house. Normally, when building a deck, I use a beam located below the deck on which the deck joists sit. In this case, I have a situation where I'd like to ...

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