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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HELP: Supporting Vaulted Ceiling Mid-Beam

I'm working on calculating beam sizing to support one end of a mid-beam for a vaulted ceiling. The room is 16x20, with 4x10 beams spanning the 20' distance (48" O.C.). There is a mid-beam in ...
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How to fix out of level foundation walls

I am building a detached two car garage and just had the footings, foundation walls, and slab/apron poured. After the walls were poured, I thought that everything was hunky dory as the contractor ...
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Do lapped joists need to extend over the beam the same distance from each side?

I know you should lap joists at least 12", and the longer the lap the better. However, in order to use 8' joists, can I lap the joists like the image attached? The beam in red is a drop beam. ...
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How to frame around Strong Tie Brackets

I'm about to start framing my carport to convert it into a garage. I'm unsure of the best way to deal with framing around these strong tie brackets. What I imagine I'll need to do is cut a notch out ...
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Framing around gypsum block walls

I am doing my bathroom remodeling. I have to reframe my ceiling as old one is all crooked. The issue I am facing is part of my walls are gypsum blocks (not drywall) What would be the best anchors to ...
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Does this kind of wood construction framing software exist and if so, what is it called? [migrated]

I am not asking for a specific product recommendation just for the name of this category of software if it even exists. I'm not looking for any sort of "BIM" complexity and I don't want to ...
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Need advice with the removal of the soleplate

WARNING: I know nothing about building houses. So feel free to teach me a thing or two. We are removing the bathroom so that will an open space as part of the living room. In red: -> Sole plate ...
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How do you build a temporary support wall for a stick-built roof?

I’ve built a temporary support wall a few times in the middle of a house with a truss roof to take load off an interior wall while I modify it, but I need to reframe some parts of some exterior walls ...
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Sistered roof beams in garage pulling away from house

About 3 months ago we had some basement repairs done that included correcting a dip in the center of the house with 3 support columns that raised the house back to level (jacked up by 1.5 inches). ...
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Converting Screened Room to 4 Season Room - Looking for confirmation / suggestions

12 years ago I added a 12'x14' screened porch to the back of my house in Maryland. The screen porch was permitted and inspected when I original built it. I'm now thinking of upgrading the room to a 4 ...
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What are these wedges in the framing of my house?

I found an incomplete small spandrel under my stairs, and whilst I was exploring I found these wedges under the framing of some sort. What are these "things" called, and what do they do?
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frame tall walls

I received drawing from an engineer and it has an loft style opening in the front part of the house. This section of the house is to be 17'2'' and is going to be framed with 2x4. My question is how do ...
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Loading Bearing Studs issue

I have some questions/concerns about my load bearing studs/wall in my basement stairs. My house is just 3 years old house and no modification done yet to any load bearing wall yet. You can see the pic ...
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Plumbing through wall that rests on joist

My new construction home had the option of adding a 3rd floor bathroom that I declined at the time, but now would like to pursue. Luckily, the builder already ran plumbing and electrical in the area ...
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How should I fasten my shed rafters together at the peak?

I'm framing the roof of an 8x10 shed with a loft overhang: The plan I am following has no ridge beam nor ridge board and instructs me to "screw or nail the rafters together at the peak" ...
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framing feedback for ground level deck 10'x22'

I am planning to build a ground level deck in bay area in northern California where we have pretty nice weather, and no snow in my living area. I am looking for feedback with following specs finish ...
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Installing Dri-core floor panel after framing. Do the panels still need the 1/4in spacing?

I assume the spacing is to keep the lumber off of the cement walls. I used rigid foam panels on all exterior walls already. Any reason not to butt the panels all the way up to the framing? Also. ...
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How do I build my basement bathroom so that it aligns with existing in ground plumbing?

I’m preparing to finish my basement. This is a 2008 house with drain plumbing already built in to the existing concrete to support a bathroom. Assuming tub/shower drains are in specific locations, how ...
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Can I remove knee braces in garage?

My 1955 california home has exposed knee braces, connecting the wall to the ceiling (photo shows garage). Can these be removed, or replaced perhaps with a sistered joist? Removing them would really ...
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Extending Framing Studs From 8' to 9'

Well, I feel about as dumb as I possibly can right now, but I measured the ceiling height from the wrong point and purchased studs thinking the basement had an 8 foot ceiling, only to realize ...
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How to reroute electrical cables when eliminating void space that has been used for routing them?

I want to incorporate the space from a laundry chute into a gut job of an adjacent bathroom. Over the years electricians have used the disused chute as a raceway for wiring from the basement to the ...
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I-joists on an old dimensional lumber floor

I’m remodeling a room on my first floor and will need to move a HVAC duct, make it run across 4 joists of the second floor. Room is gutted, and I can see second floor has a 3/4" OSB subfloor on ...
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Basement partition wall sole plate - do I need sill plate gasket?

I am building a bathroom in my basement. It's not a remodel, it's a fully new room from the concrete floor up to the joists. The partition walls will not be touching the cinderblock foundation; there ...
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Framing a basement column with off-center 2x6s?

I'm going to frame a column in my basement, but I need it to include a few outlet boxes (one for power, and one for speaker). All the videos I've watched show 2x4s being ramset into the columns dead ...
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Is a header needed for this load bearing wall?

This is a smaller load-bearing wall that we want to create a kitchen passthrough in. The walls are 12' on the dining room side and 8' on the kitchen side. The house is a single-story with a concrete ...
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Replace rotten bottom plate

I have attached garage with room above it. It has three exterior facing wall. The wall sits on 3-4 ft concrete. I am seeing some water coming through one of the wall. On the other side of the wall ...
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Techniques for mitigating pavement ants during gut reno in bathroom on slab foundation?

planning a bathroom renovation in a 1950s ranch on slab. Ants appear in several areas where walls meet the floors. Is there a specific practice for sealing the passageways, that expands/contracts with ...
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maximum length of a unsloped drain pipe

I started a bathroom remodel in an 1899 house and it was a mess. Once I got down to the floor joists I pretty much halted the project because they had severed 2/5 of them and notched the rest of the ...
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How to treat joist that has wet rot before sistering a new joist to it

I'm currently in the beginning stage of a bathroom remodel. All the flooring and subfloor has been removed, and I'm at the point where I am getting ready to replace some joists and sister one. The ...
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What are the NEC rules for holes in a wooden top plate?

What are the NEC rules for holes in a wooden wall top plate? Specifically, how far apart do the holes need to be and what is the max diameter of a hole? In NEC 300-4 I found "...holes shall be ...
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Blueprint for basement design

Does someone have any good resources or guides on how to determine basement framing layout? I bought the house with a half basement finished, but would like to complete the other half and possibly ...
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What kind of treatment should I use on bottom wall plates to prevent decay?

I have a bathroom project in my basement. I made the mistake of not using pressure-treated lumber for the bottom plate. Everything is roughed in, and I have access to the framing since I haven't put ...
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Basement half wall advice

Thoughts on how to go about this half wall on all the exterior walls in my basement? I have framed 2x4 walls up to the height of the half cinder block wall and installed installation. Above the half ...
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Steel I-beam, Steel post, framing question

My basement was a coverup job. I won't go into what all was wrong with it, Long story short, we are fixing it all little by little. I'm trying to add a entertainment room. I've had the waterproofing ...
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How are joists secured to sill?

From what I’ve read on residential construction, the process of building the first floor goes like this: Foundation of some kind is set Sill plates are bolted to the foundation Floor joists are set ...
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Exterior Door - Jam Placement

I'm installing a pre-hung exterior door on the back of the garage. The door jam is 4 9/16" wide. The total width of the wall (interior face to exterior face) is about 5 3/4" The door jam is ...
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Metal Running Horizontally Through Center of 2x4 Bracing?

I am trying to drill a wider hole through horizontal bracing in our wall in order to run some low voltage wire. Using a flexible installer bit, am able to get about 1/2 way through what I think is a ...
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Strange Roof Framing - Are these ridge supports temporary?

Attached photo is of a mid century split level roof with gabel ends at 5:12 pitch, there are (5) irregularly spaced 2x4 post supporting the ridge beam which sit on a 16 feet long (2)2x18 wood beam. ...
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Are soffits required over kitchen cabinets?

I am remodeling my kitchen and took down all the drywall and took off all the soffits/bulkheads. I had a plumber shift the pipes up to make room for 36" cabinets. Question: do I need to frame/...
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Framing around PVC pipe

I'd like to frame a wall around a 3 inch PVC pipe in my basement and would like to lose as little interior space as possible. The picture shows what I'd like the framing to look like and the ...
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How are insulation R-values calculated for wall cavities of inconsistent thickness?

I'm designing a house which will have unconventional wall construction that varies in thickness. The wall cavities will be filled with dense-packed cellulose, rated at R-3.7 per inch. I want to ...
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Retain access to recessed electrical panel

I have an electrical panel that is surface mounted to a sheet of plywood in an unfinished section of my basement. I would like to finish that section. The panel is rated for either surface mount or ...
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Building a wall in a rental property

I live in a 1300sqft apartment that I rent, and due to the layout do not really use part of the really large living room. To address this and create a separate space, I'd like to have some sort of ...
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Install soffit before or after new cabinet install?

I just took down the drywall and existing soffit on my kitchen wall. I am going to install taller cabinets. What steps should I follow? Should I re-drywall now, install the cabinets, then build out a ...
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How would you frame this chimney chase?

FYI: No inspections or permits, I live in the middle of mostly nowhere. But, of course want to do this "right". Details: While face on the right is 9/12, face on chimney side is 11/12. This ...
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Identify if this is a load bearing wall from the blue print

We are exploring the remodeling of our kitchen, and wondering if this wall between living room and kitchen is load bearing ? I have attached the blue print and photo. Are there any indications in the ...
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Edge-to-endgrain butt joint

I need to make this out of 2x4 lumber. It's not load-bearing but needs to be somewhat stiff against skew (L-to-R in the image above). The part I'm not sure about is the end-grain to edge butt joints ...
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How to frame an exterior wall against a concrete wall (Replacing garage door with person door)?

I'm replacing my daylight basement garage door with a person door which means framing inside a concrete opening. I know to use a pressure treated sill plate and sill gasket on the floor. But what ...
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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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