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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't get my new masonry bit to go further than about 3/4"

I bought a home last year and have been trying to put up interior walls inside my shop in the back yard. I built a wood frame and want to secure the frames to the concrete floor using masonry screws. ...
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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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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 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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1ft cantilever with uneven floor joist

My little powder room has been such a headache, hoping someone here can shed some lights. Little background of the house, built in 1909 on post and beam foundation with perimeter of the house sits ...
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Ledger/ribbon framing load capacity

We are considering adding a deck to the top of our flat roof detached garage, if the necessary work involved is reasonable. The garage is 20' deep x 28' wide separated into 3 bays, the widest of ...
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Knee brace alternative to support 12' 2x4 span for single tree treehouse

I see most treehouse's have knee braces to support the frame of their treehouse. I'm trying to find an alternative, if any, and also ask if my 2x4x12 frame will be strong enough. Here are pictures of ...
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Are 2x2s, 1x4s, or 1x2s sufficient for the support structure of a garage shelving unit?

I would like to build several shelving units in our garage. Each unit will be 36" deep, 88" high, and 60" wide. Each unit will have four shelves, and each shelf will be divided into two cubbies each ...
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Will my garage truss and beam configuration be adequate for a room in the attic?

I am getting ready to finish some of the space above the garage and have some questions. I am located in Pittsburgh, PA. The garage is sloped on both sides down to the floor. I was going to utilize ...
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Is sheetrock/drywall required under woodpanelling?

I live in an old house, built in 1940's. I have a wall between two bedrooms that bowed out terribly. It is not a supporting wall. I am pulling this wall out, reframing it, and installing 3/4" tongue-...
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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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Span calculator using arbitrary spacing?

My "new" 72-y/o house is... interesting. The garage is much younger but still I just raise my eyebrows at some things. One of them is the loft/attic area in the garage. I wanted to move all my ...
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Fireblocking a balloon framed house lead to rot in the walls?

Conditions: Balloon framed construction, house built in 1930, Southern Connecticut region Does installing a fire-stop or Fireblocking where the sill plate and rim joist meet, block airflow and ...
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Window framing gaps and split wood

I had a licensed GC install 2 windows. One of them needed a new RO in the stucco wall (single story home southern CA). I agreed to close the wall and do finish work. He was contacted to install ...
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Ok to use green Spax lags as anchors in block wall?

I've got a basement project where I'm attaching 3in studs over 1 inch foam to a block wall (built ~1952). I was planning on using Tapcons, but the threads are not holding. The 1/4 green Spax lags look ...
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2x2 on exterior wall

I am working on a kitchen remodel and pulled the plaster off of the exterior wall to find 2x2 studs with no insulation butting up to brick. My question is, do I have to reframe to meet code in the US? ...
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Condition of wall stud

I am giving my best shot at remodeling a kitchen. I don’t have too much experience with framing, as the bathroom I remodeled was done with the assistance of an experienced contractor who knew when to ...
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Substitute for Pressure-Treated 2x3

I'm trying to replace a few sections of rotted bottom plate in my basement. I want to use pressure-treated lumber as it will be in contact with the concrete on 2 sides (and it still occasionally gets ...
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Retrofit Foundation Posts/Beams

Bought a new (old) place and our inspector pointed out beams/posts that need framing/structural straps in the crawlspace. Ballpark estimate I got from a foundation contractor (site unseen) was a $3,...
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Can drywall edges float on the ceiling?

When running ceiling drywall (sheetrock) on the main floor, it is screwed to the truss chords. I have read on here that when there is a partition wall in the way, to just let the drywall float and ...
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Holes through plumbers box (double header in floor joist)

A joist is right where the drain is for the bathtub and I am looking for a solution to do the plumbing. Currently, the plan is to do a 'Plumbers Box' in the floor joists which solves the initial issue....
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How to Move a Doorway in a Load Bearing Wall?

This is my first remodel attempt and I would like to create a doorway between a bedroom and a walk-in closet. The existing wall between the two rooms is a load-bearing wall. After removing the ...
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Proper framing on foundation?

I think the foundation crew and the framing crew weren't on the same page. In the plans, this part of the home does not overhang the stick framing underneath. I'm not sure but I think the foundation ...
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How do I attach a roof ledger to an exterior wall?

I have a Trex deck and perimeter railing, similar to this web photo. I have a wood clapboard siding. I want to build a roof (like the photo), install support columns and create a three season screened ...
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How do I splice a repaired end joist? (California residential code/IBC)

I need to replace part of an end joist. The joist sits (parallel) on a 2x4 cripple wall. How should the joint between old and new joist be handled? As far as I can tell, California Residential Code ...
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Can a PSL beam support second story joists all hanging from it

My home is a 2 story home, built in 2003. There is one section in the home that was left open to above with approximately a 20' ceiling in this case. This is over the living/dining areas of the home ...
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Repair bottom plate rot in bathroom interior wall

Just started a bathroom renovation in my (new to us) 1961 ranch house built over crawlspace in NC. I planned on new floor, new vanity & sink, new toilet, but I want to keep the cast iron enameled ...
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Differences in wall/floor framing based on region.

In the US, walls and decking/flooring tend to be framed with many long timbers and just a few cross braces/blocking pieces: ------------------------------------------- | | | | | ...
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Should access to original concrete be considered when framing a basement?

I'm just wondering when I frame the basement is there a convenient way to allow access to the original concrete walls and floor. I've never noticed anybody ever having much concern for this, but ...
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DIY Camper, framing advice needed

So my little teardrop trailer plans have changed into a 12'x6' camper so that I can stand in it. I'm in the planning phase still. What I'm doing for the walls is 3 layers; an outer 1/2" board, a ...
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Footing for 4x8 swingset beam and playhouse

I am building a playhouse with swingset attaching to it. One side of the swingset beam (4x8x12) will be A-frame. The other side is attaching to the playhouse. I have a question about attaching to the ...
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Attach one-step to ground level deck

I want to do something like this photo but I don't know how to attach the one-step platform thing: I circled two areas that should be attached by nails (assuming 16d Common Nail). But the photo shows ...
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What's the best way to cut through this wall?

I am adding insulation+drywall between open rafters. What's the best way (tool, blade/bit, technique, other advice) to get through these wall layers for ventilation? (I'll put mesh and grilles over ...
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Where can I find drawings of a mobile home's construction?

I bought my very first trailer/mobile home last August. I've never lived in one, never spent significant time in one, know less than nothing about them. That said, I have a doublewide 90 Commodore. ...
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Does the junction between two horizontal spaces need to be fireblocked?

This question is in regard to interpretation of IRC:2012 R302.11 for a single family dwelling. It is clear that junctions between vertical and horizontal framing need to be fireblocked (e.g. between ...
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Sistering stingers to convert stairs from closed to open stinger

I have a set of existing closed stringer stairs with a full wall on the left and half wall on the right. I am looking to remove the full wall and modify both sides of the stairs to an open style. I ...
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How do I frame in the open front of a 12' high shop/garage building

My building is 32' wide, 26' deep by 12' high. I believe it was built as a carport for RV and other vehicles. The 3-walls use 2x4's 24"oc - the front opening has a good sturdy header that runs the ...
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What is the best way to build up attic framing?

I need to build up my attic framing for three reasons, but first, I can think of two ways in which to do this. The Methods Method 1 Put new framing on top of the original framing along the existing ...
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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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Can I use 4 x 4 to extend the space from the wall with a tv mount?

I have my 60" tv mounted on a tv mounted to the wall per the instructions. However, I do not get enough swivel before the edge of the tv hits the wall. So I want to attach two 4x4's from the ground ...
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Splicing wall plates at doors and windows?

2x6 construction, exterior load bearing walls. Recently started trying to splice long walls with the end stud landing half on first wall plate and half on second wall plate so the stud joining the ...
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Can I cut into a header to install a taller exterior door?

I have a double wide mobile home with existing slider and replacing it with french doors. The size is going from 71 1/2 x 76 to 71 1/2 x 80. I don't believe that there are cripple studs above the ...
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Joist layout, starting with Rim then Joist sistered, or just rim board?

I have a question about I-Joist layout in framing. I know that I-Joists are not strong to resist squishing, so that means rim board must be used to help that vertical load, but when you run all your ...
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Bridge across tax ditch

I am trying to find the right board combination for a bridge. Need to build a 20’ bridge across a ditch for Kawasaki mule or atv ; example will 4 2x12’s support 1500 pound load
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Old window installed inset from exterior

This is my old window (single pane glass) and it is inset / indented from exterior wall about 2-3 in If I replace with modern double pane vinyl, it will sit flushed against exterior wall. So what is ...
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Cracked joist problem

I have cracked joists on the basement ceiling. 2x10x14 16" on center. There is a wall running parallel with the joist that has another floor above that. Should the joist have been doubled or tripled ...
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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 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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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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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 ...