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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Can I use a 16 gauge nail gun for framing lumber?

Can I safely use a Bostich 16 gauge nail gun to toenail stud grade 2x4s? The nail head is stationary at 90 degrees. The project: bay window seating. Issue: front rail & plate supported by ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I'm planning on taking a few weeks off to do some DIY in the fall, and one of those things is replacing the standard-hinged door in my walk-in closet with a pocket door. This is a non-load bearing ...
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What fasteners to sister LVL to 2x6 joist?

We live in an antique cape and have 2x6 joists. My builder is making extra headroom for a staircase in our living room which involves reinforcing a couple joists with 2x6 LVL. Which is the best option ...
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Galvanized nails for ACQ treated lumber = must be hot dipped, or not?

We're having some construction done requiring treated soleplates on concrete slab. As such, galvanized nails were used. However, they don't appear to be hot-dipped. My understanding (going back ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel and flush against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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How to secure a jack wall to an existing wall?

I built the walls of my 12' x 12' shed before deciding what type of roof I wanted. Now I'm left with the problem of how to secure the roof to the lower walls. If I build a jack wall as shown below (...
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Is it normal or necessary to line gas fireplace cavities with drywall?

Some drywall and framing was demolished around my gas fireplace during a drain tile installation. It looks like the framing/walls around the fireplace are built on 2x4's with fire resistant drywall on ...
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How to frame corner of staircase header for a stairwell opening? Do you use a hanger here?

I'm designing a staircase and was a little curious on how to frame out the stairwell opening where the header meats the existing joists. There will be a double 1.75"(x2) LVL header joined up against ...
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How to put up MDF wall without studs

Good morning everyone! Quick question. I want to build a room within an existing cellar in my basement. This cellar has a very low ceiling, of about 1.95m. I want to put up the walls with some ...
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Finishing 12ft x12 ft room above garage

The joist are currently 2x10 spanning 21 ft with 16"oc. Will sistering 2x10s to current joist add enough strength for finished room?
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Framing Advice - How to re-frame opening of non-load bearing wall

Just looking for some general framing advice and if my plans moving forward make sense. I have cut an opening into an existing wall, non-load bearing. Originally there was a doorway, which I have ...
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Attaching swing bolts to sistered 2x10’s

I have 2x10’s that I will be sandwiching together to make a big stiff beam for an adult swing set. I’m about to put it together, but then I thought “how do you drill the screws for swings into a ...
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What should I use to replace extra thick (1.75") sill plate? Should I shim 2x dimensional lumber?

My house was built in 1956 and I have come across some sections of sill plate on the cinder block foundation wall that need to be replaced due to termite damage or rot. It seems that they used some ...
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Is there a typical layout to blocking installed for backing in new construction framing?

I'm having a home constructed, and my rough inspection walk-through is in a couple of weeks. In order to make hanging shelves, towel bars, etc. easier, I would like blocking installed horizontally ...
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Snap Chalk Line for sill plate, or for rim joist?

What do you guys find is best for layout after getting the foundation poured for a house or garage? When you go and snap your lines that are perfectly square, is it better to have your sill plate ...
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Replacing an oddly sized French Patio Door

Purchased a new home and working through the litany of issues with the place. Nothing undisclosed but just a royal pain in the ass. I have a leaky exterior door that needs to be replaced. It is a ...
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Exterior wall framing - Safe to remove 2x4 that was part of soffit/bulkhead?

I've removed all the soffits in my kitchen, however, there is one 2x4 that I have left until I could consult someone more knowledgeable. I'm thinking the 2x4 was there just to hang the drywall ...
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Sizing a header

Creating a "bump out" and trying to figure header size. Removing a 10 foot section, exterior wall, on the second floor of a bi level. New wall will extend 21" past the lower level to the existing ...
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2x2 furring strip frame

I'm going to be framing out a wall in my basement by using 2x2 furring strips, attaching them with Tapcon screws to the masonry block so that I can hang the drywall onto and also give me a little room ...
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How much weight/many people can my rooftop deck hold? 2“x12”x20' joists, 16“ on center, 2”x4" framing under [closed]

How much weight/ How many people can my rooftop deck hold? The joists are 2"x12" over 20ft, 16" on center The framing under the deck is typical 2"x4" framing (living space), on a concrete ...
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LVL Span Ratings and Beam Placement

I work with LVL beams frequently and see a lot of them placed under I-Joists to carry load of the floor. This is usually no big deal in 9' deep basements but in 8' basements an 11-7/8" triple LVL beam ...
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Can this joist support be replaced with plywood?

The attic above my garage has several of these horizontal support beams across the ceiling joists, I assume to keep them from bowing. I’d like to put down plywood across the whole floor without these ...
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Interior wall construction - Is it possible for this to be load bearing?

I have a 2-story brick house built in 1940 with balloon construction. On the first floor, I have an interior wall between my kitchen and living room. I have done (I think) my homework, looked at the ...
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Sistering a damaged joist with 2 smaller pieces of wood

I am trying to repair some water damage below an ensuite shower on the upper floor of a house. The room is only 120cm wide and the wet rot damage is isolated to the joist directly below. The damage to ...
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Proper way to brace a knee wall with hold downs

So I've taken out a section of wall between my kitchen/living room and am leaving only a knee wall (41" high) that will have a breakfast bar on top of it. Removal of the wall went fine, however, the ...
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Metal Studs - How they should be installed?

What is the way metal stud should be installed? Is there a reason they should be, a same way, as in upside down? And precut - holes line up.
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Using new lumber in an old wall with larger lumber dimensions

I am trying to widen the doorway to a room in a house that was build in 1905. the framing is 16 on center, however the lumber is wider than a standard 2x4. by about a 1/2 inch. (the actual dimensions ...
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Floor Joists And Notched On Sill Plate

I have mastered many things in life, but carpentry is not one. I need to replace some flooring, and floor joist, that rotted from water damage, and it does not look like how i have seen others. The ...
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Should Rabbet Widths be relative to the width of a Frame or are absolute values adequate?

I am in the midst of looking to create a few Picture Frames, all varying in sizes. As such, I have been looking into what would be the best Width for the accompanying Rabbet. From what I can see, ...
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Can I replace a window in a garage gable wall without adding a modern header?

So, I have an older construction home (1948, a great year for lumber in MN) with a detached garage connected to the breezeway. The garage roof structure has rafters and collar ties with two storage ...
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Are misplaced, unused anchor bolts a problem?

In the garage wall at the front porch there are two anchor bolts not installed in the wall. You can actually see the anchor bolts. The whole wall is 3 degrees off from concrete slab, I guess it was ...
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18'x16' Pergola Questions

So I’m looking at building a pergola on top of our raised deck off the back of our house. Total dimensions would be 18’x16′ (roughly), raised 8′ above our deck. Our deck is raised off the ground 4′-6′ ...
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Can I install a row of bricks on a slab to support a shed?

I am designing a shed for my garden and I would like to build the shed inset from the concrete base by about 20cm on each side. The concrete base already exists (built before I brought my house). It ...
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What does a Mitre Saw offer that a Table Saw does not?

I have a range of MDF Panels and strips of Solid Wood that I would like to turn into Picture Frames. As such, each piece of MDF/Wood will need to have a 45-degree angle cut into each end. In order ...
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Boxing out floor joists when using 11-7/8 I-Joists?

Back in the day with dimensional lumber joists, it was common to box out an area for something like a tub drain that could not be moved due to floor plan layout. I remember seeing 2x8 or 2x10's ...
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Kitchen sink half-wall against brick: which layer to drywall?

Relocating a kitchen sink to an exterior wall, I'll be building a 2x4 half-wall against the brick in which to run plumbing. I'll then install cabinets in front of that wall. Which layer to drywall? ...
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How to repair cut joist around pipe *after* framing and drywall

I'm finishing my attic and have just realized that my rough carpenter screwed up by not addressing a cut joist. In photo 1, you can see that the joists have been sistered with LVLs, but there is a gap ...
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Replacing Door Header After Pocket Door Removal

I'm in the middle of opening up a doorway where a pocket door once lived. This is in the first floor of a single story home in a wall that runs along the I-beam (which is below this floor in the ...
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New Build - Bowed Lumber & Holes In Sheathing

I'm building a new home and wanted to be on top of things that may become major issues later on. They just did most of the framing and there are some 2x4s which are visibly bowed as well as floor ...
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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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Is this wall in my kitchen load bearing?

Sorry for another one of these questions but here goes: My house is a single story bungalow, built in 1976. I can't get hold of the blueprints because the city in which I live does not keep ...
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Replacing rotted porch window frame

Our porch is quite old and the vertical parts of some of the window frames have started to rot out: Replacing these seems pretty much as simple as buying new wood and tacking them together in the '+' ...
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blocking for additional support

I am building a screened enclosure around my pool and want additional support in my framing. Is it better to stagger or use in line blocking when framing for additional bracing?
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How to extend a 2x6 joist to accommodate a hanger board for stairs?

I live in an antique home with 2x6 ceiling joists. The stairs are being rebuilt and the current hanger board for the stringers will not work. So I have attached a picture of the current setup and one ...
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Should I reinforce these joists at the central beam? If so, how?

Vaguely similar questions have been asked, but I believe this situation is unique enough that I’m looking for some specific advice. I have a floor that is framed with 2x8s, 16 O.C., spanning roughly ...
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Building a house in sections over time

Say I someday want to have a large estate, but for right now I just want to build the living room, kitchen, one bathroom, etc. and next year add another bedroom, library, etc. either adjoining or ...
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Options for mitigating a sloping floor due to settlement

I recently bought a house made in 1926. It's built into a hill where the basement is exposed in the back of the house. The basement is poured concrete. Over the years the foundation has settled about ...
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How can I prevent the blocking between my deck joists from making noise under foot traffic?

Framing new deck 2x8x10 PT lumber. Used solid blocking bridging and just walking across mid span the blocks POP. All blocks were hand nailed with 12d common Galv. When noticed popping went back ...
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Twisted Wall Studs In Tub Surround

I have a new tub that is being installed and then I'm going to tile the tub surround. The problem is that several of the wall studs are either broken, bowed, or twisted pretty bad. What's the best way ...
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What lumber should be used for indoor stair stringers?

I have seen some books say to use laminated 1.5" plywood to build the stringers because they do not warp. Others say 2x12 stock works but I do not want to deal with warping over time. So, what do you ...