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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How can I finish the concrete block wall along my basement steps with drywall?

I'm finishing my 50 year old basement and need advice on finishing the wall by the stairs. There's only 2 inches to the inside edge of the stringer so no room for 2x4s. Would strapping backed with a ...
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Base sill plate overhanging concrete slab

I purchased a brand new home 5 months ago. The builder ruined the front porch and tried to repair it by applying binding materials that will not stick on the concrete porch anymore. When they brought ...
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Can I Notch a Double 2x12 Floor Joist Down to 2x6 Size (5.5 inches) if I need a 2x8 (7.25) per My Local Span Table

I have a 12' span with a floor joist that is currently 2 2x12's. It was originally a 16'+ span with an attic opening that was 3' wide thus the reason for the double 2x12's. I'm installing an L ...
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Attaching wall frame and soffit to a load supporting beam

The image shows a load supporting beam in a basement. The plan is to attach a wall frame (depicted by green colored lines) and a soffit (red colored lines) to the load supporting beam. A very basic ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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Adding 2X4 ceiling under lath and plaster

If my old lath and plaster living room ceiling is solid and I am frame (2X4) and sheetrocking the ceiling 10 inches below the old one , Can I leave the old ceiling up there or do I have to remove it?
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Ceiling Framing on Stand alone room

Pretty handy man and have built plenty of walls in preexisting structures but I’m wanting to build a man-cave/poker room inside of my shop. The shop is 16' tall and room will have standard 8' walls. ...
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I Joists maxed out

I am using some 11-7/8" x 2-1/2" TJI I Joists. They say they can span 19' 4" when spaced 16" O.C. Does this mean they will have the same stiffness as if they were only spanning 12'? Or 15'? Or is ...
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Can I drill vertically through this from the main floor to the upstairs?

I made a large hole in my wall with hopes of fishing a wires from the main floor to the upstairs. I'm wondering if I can drill vertically through this. I'm asking because it looks integral to the ...
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How does an end notch in a ceiling beam affect deflection calculations?

We have a ceiling beam that is a standard 4x8 over 12 feet. Let's stipulate that is properly sized for the weight load over that span. But, what if, in order to place that beam, we need to notch it ...
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Mid project finishing basement: should I rip out new framing?

I am learning that the wood framing that has just been installed (glued) in my basement really should have come after putting in continuous foam board insulation against the wall, separating the wood ...
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Widening a closet opening, what type of header to frame?

I have a standard 30 inch closet door. I want to expand the opening to 48 inches (to install double bifold doors) I am 98% certain this wall (which is on second floor) is not load bearing: There is ...
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Raising a sunken living room floor and concerned about moisture under new raised floor

I am raising a sunken living room floor but have some concerns about possible moisture problems under this raised floor. Here is what I have. A 1979 typical ranch style. It is roughly a 16 x 20 ...
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Notching Rafters for wires to res

Is it safe from a structural standpoint to put small notches ( 1 inch deep x 3 1/2 in long at the deepest/longest point, not the whole area) in 5ea of the 2x6 bottom chords across attic area that run ...
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Finished Basement - Framing Exterior Walls

EDIT: Adding photos, changing tags Complete newbie here, so I apologize if this question is lacking in detail. I am starting to do some research on finishing my basement - I've never framed anything ...
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Is there a simple way to make these rough sawn, exposed joists level and flat?

I am renovating the kitchen in my 100+ year old American Four Square home. I was unfortunately not able to salvage the original longleaf pine flooring, so it has all been pulled up. I'm left with ...
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How do we add structurally sound faux stud for a single stud TV mount?

We are preparing to install a single stud TV mount, (Kanto PS300). However the ideal place to put it (visually for the room), lies between two studs. We want to open up the wall and frame in a faux ...
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What are the steps to raising an interior wall header?

First of all, thanks to Dale Cox. I copied and modified his diagrams on https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/. 1st diagram shows partial section of wall between my kitchen and dining room. There is ...
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Can I add strips of lumber to studs in a framed wall to meet plumbing hole size limitations?

If you want to fit a 2” PVC pipe with 2.375” OD in a non load bearing wall stud, it needs to be less than or equal to 60% of the width of the stud. i.e a stud which would need to be just over 3.95” in ...
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Joist hanger too low?

I'm in the process of replacing the joists in a room in my 100 year old house (original members were too far gone with termite damage to do sistering). Original joists were true 2x8s with a 12 foot ...
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Close up stucco or drywall first?

We're having work done at our house, and things have gotten behind. It's now at a point at which they're wanting to put in the drywall and paint before the exterior wall has had any stucco work done (...
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Fix attached laundry room roof framing

I have a laundry room attached to the back of the house (was done by previous owner). Recently I found a leak (due to some nail wrongly on the shingle exposed). But then when I "uncover" below the ...
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Sideways king studs!

House built 1905. Adding an opening in an interior load-bearing wall. However the 2x4 (unmilled) wall studs are sideways, apparently to make the wall thinner. My question is how should I attach Jack ...
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How does framing a very tall non-structural wall differ from framing a standard height non-structural wall?

We are looking at potentially building a barndominium (a steel building finished inside to use as a residence). After erection of the steel structure and exterior, I will need to frame out exterior ...
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1-1/4" thru I joist above bearing point

I'd like to run a lot of circuits along one exterior wall thru 11-7/8" tall I joists. The manufacturers basically say 2" holes need to be 1' away from a bearing point yet their plugs may land directly ...
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Why were these load bearing walls not stacked?

I was making a model of a house to help design a renovation and in my measuring I discovered that the center load bearing wall on the first floor was not centered over the load bearing beam and ...
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Is a 1x6 enough to secure a wall mount sink?

I'm doing a mild bathroom remodel and plan to install a wall mount sink since it's a small half bath and that would open the room up. I had originally planned to install a 2x6 between two wall studs ...
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How can I finish a basement bathroom where the toilet plumbing is 12 inches from the foundation wall?

So I have a drain pipe that is 12 inches from the foundation wall. Every shower floor pan I have looked at says you need 12 inches from the center of the drain to the wall. I was planning on ...
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Framing for gas fireplace insert in existing masonry fireplace

What are the requirements for framing for a gas insert in an existing masonry fireplace? See the attached picture that shows the framed opening for the gas insert (circled in red). The insert will ...
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Framing a knee wall in front of a 1/2 height foundation wall with windows

I have a light basement with 3'6" foundation walls with windows framed above. The finished height of the window sill is 5" above the concrete sill. I want to frame a knee wall in front of the ...
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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TV mount to 5" door frame instead of stud?

I have a 1906 Edwardian with solid 5" x 5" door frames. I just noticed that (because of stud positions) using the door frame instead of a stud would allow me to install the TV in a better position. ...
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Repairing a notched floor joist

Situation I was running some new gas pipe and I notched one floor joist and drilled a hole in another. I have now learned that this is not appropriate. This was in the forbidden zone of the middle 1/...
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Basement Renovation - Column Move?

I'm finishing a basement and I'd like to see if it's possible to move the ceiling jack post that holds the beam where the floor joists sit on. I currently have a 12 foot span between the cinder block ...
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Causes of a framing nailer driver stuck in down position?

I have an Hitachi NR90AC5. It's oiled and has adequate pressure. There's something that's gone wrong with it recently, where it sometimes double fires (in single fire mode) and then the piston gets ...
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does “clear opening” on rafter loading tables mean horizontal projection?

I am looking at some tables of allowable roof loads for southern yellow pine: http://www.southernpine.com/app/uploads/AL_27-32L.pdf Rafters are typically at an angle to horizontal. I'm wondering if ...
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Recommendation of whether current structure is sound, or bracing or a new header needed

Previously, there was a pocket door in a non-load bearing opening (jack and jill bathroom). There was a double top plate, cripples to a 2x10 header, and a jack stud on either side of the header. It ...
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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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Fit a door in a tight space

I have a garage with an odd size entry (not bay) door. The old door, which recently broke, was only 24" x 70". Time to put in a new door. My intent is to enlarge the opening for a more standard size....
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How to deal with drain pipe sticking out of bathroom wall

This is the picture of a wall behind the toilet. You can see the black pipe sticking out of the drywall about 1" The previous owner decided to build a box around it. I didn't know what was inside and ...
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How do you secure solid blocking in joists without staggering them?

I have some construction being done and the plan is to install blocking in the I-joists which I presume will consist of solid blocks of wood about 16 x 11 x 1.5 placed inbetween each joist in a row. ...
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How to build around metal column?

I'm a bit stuck as to what I should do right now I've completed the framing in my basement. I realized the wall connected to this metal pipe was supposed to ideally be built using 2x6 rather than 2x4 ...
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Frame a jack stud without bottom plate?

I need to frame a small header in my kitchen exterior wall for a range hood exhaust because the 8" hole is dead center on a stud (of course). It's a 2 story 1941 house with 2x4s 16 on center. The ...
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Removing or modifying bridges between truss or joists to make way for ducting

I want to run ducting for a kitchen extractor through the ground-floor ceiling of a two story building in order to get it to an external wall. The ducting would be running in the same direction as the ...
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Where do you start when setting hip roof trusses?

I have a decent sized hip truss package coming. It's about a 60' wide by 30' deep building with 2' overhangs. Hip style with 4/12 slope. I have only helped before in setting trusses but never doing ...
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Necessary to sister joists in skylight frame?

Piggybacking on my previous question about the headers in a skylight frame (Double header for skylight frame), I'd like to know if it's required to sister the uncut joists on either side of the ...
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Installing sheathing with Staples or Ring Shank?

Wanted to ask the community about their experience with code and reasoning for using one or the other. I'm talking about fastening 7/16" OSB to walls and 5/8" OSB to roofs. Do you use narrow crown ...
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My granite foundation was underpinned and has load-bearing 6x6 posts around the perimeter of the basement. How to repoint behind them?

My building has a granite block foundation supporting a brick structure above it. In the 80's, the building was gutted and the foundation was underpinned. They added load bearing posts around the ...
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When should screws be used for general wood framing?

I was wondering what sort of fasteners are best for general Wood Framing? I understand that in general construction is done 100% with nails, but as a small time, diyer, I am looking for best practices....
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Should window headers be set against the top plate or at rough opening height?

I've been building load bearing walls with the header located at the top of the desired window or door opening, but have had a couple people comment on how I should be putting the header directly ...

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