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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Designing aquarium rack

I’m here to design my aquarium rack in my house.Material for the rack I may use 1.5Inch steel hollow.and now I’m getting worried about the design whether it is strong enough for the aquarium...Can ...
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Roof beam to ledger attachment at end of ledger?

I am building a deck with a hip roof attached to the house. There is a roof ledger board that supports three beams perpendicular to the back face of the house. The center beam rests on top of the ...
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Do I need to add studs to install a floating vanity in this layout?

The vanity will have one sink unlike in the picture, one piece, 48" wide. The vanity position is exact, the distance between studs measurements are exact for the right side but aproximative for ...
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Why do I see such different rafter span tables for open beam ceilings?

Considering an open-beamed ceiling in southern california. Span is roughly 12'6" long ... perhaps 3-in-10 slope. I would like to use 4x8 rafters every 48 inches. However, this table from ...
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Is an 'exterior' California corner acceptable?

I know the top California corner is acceptable (and preferred for insulation advantages), but is the bottom corner a sound technique?
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How does one determine what size I-beam is needed? [closed]

I have a 22' wall that needs removed to open for a room addition. I have a 4/12 roof, (11) 24' trusses that will need supported as I open up that room. Thanks for any information you may be able to ...
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Is my foundation design for this garbage can hutch overcomplicated?

I am looking for feedback on the plan for a hutch I want to build for my garbage cans and table saw. I plan to have it sit on a slope next to my driveway. I’ve used a deck planning tool to guess at ...
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How to cleanly remove, and reuse, an area of plasterboard (drywall)

Has anyone been able to cleanly remove, and then reuse in its original area, a piece of plasterboard (or 'drywall')? My plan is to remove an area of plasterboard in my walk-in-wardrobe, which is the ...
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Steel Stud Galvanic Isolation

I am building a light-gauge steel frame workshop that is made from 0.55mm cold-formed 90mm x 45mm (2"x4") light-gauge steel studs. The structure is wrapped in 25mm (1") of extruded ...
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Parallel seam between drywall and plastered brick

Most of the interior walling in my house that is under construction is using single skin brick with plaster. In a few locations we require "cavity" doors and space has been left in the ...
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Is the wooden-stud basement wall that runs next to & parallel to the shared concrete wall separating two townhouses load-bearing?

Okay gang, so here's my deal: My wife and I recently bought a 2-story (with a half-finished basement) townhouse, sandwiched in the middle of a row of other townhouses. After lengthy negotiation, I ...
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What lower-profile options do I have to replace a triple 2x12 beam?

I am removing a center post on my patio cover to create a clear span of 15'. The current beam is 2 2x8s with three 4x4 posts. I have had a engineer friend calculate the load for the roof (pic attached)...
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Mounting Electric range when stud is on the center line?

I am installing 50 amp circuit for a basic 30 " freestanding electric range, The range I settled on is 40 amp. The instructions included say they do not recommend a 50 amp power cord from the ...
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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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How to frame and install new windows in balloon frame with T1-11 siding?

Remodeling the 1930s wood-framed building we live in, and ready to make new openings to install new windows. It's difficult to describe how the walls are so I made a diagram below. Basically, from ...
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Drywall is off, can this wall come out?

I know the most sure way to figure this out is to have an engineer look at this but am hoping to get some insight here from someone knowledgeable in this area. We live in a condo and have a truss roof ...
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Framing basement bathroom: original builder didn't account for wall wrap when laying bathroom drains?

Context: I am looking to finish my basement, mostly DIY. The original builder installed what I understand to be a "wall wrap" on all exterior cement walls. This looks like ~1.5" of ...
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Max Deck Load PSF for Hot Tub

I am looking to place a 7'-10" x 9'-2" hot tub on my deck and am trying to evaluate the load capacity of the deck. Inspecting underneath the deck it looks like the load will be evenly ...
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Calculating Stair Strings - Is 7.92" Too High of a Rise for Patio Stairs?

I'm adding steps from a house down to a patio and am trying to build the stringers: 23.75" Total Rise 12x2 nominal lumber for the stringers. Total of 4 stringers @ 48" wide .92" ...
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How bad are these knee walls?

First, I am going to show this to a structural engineer that I've been working with. I am posting this to be better prepared to ask him questions. So if you see something wrong but are not sure, ...
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Is it better to pull old nails or hammer them flat?

When doing work like replacing drywall and trim, I'll pull all the old unused nails from the studs, joists, etc. I do this mainly for two reasons: a) so they don't get in the way of new fasteners ...
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Support for a workshop hoist

Just purchase a electric hoist to bring stuff up in the garage attic loft. The unit will lift 220 lbs up to 440 lbs. it has 2 brackets for support on top which are 1 3/4 x 2 Inches. I am thinking 30 ...
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What is the correct slope for a deck, and why?

I am building a deck (12' wide) and see that deck boards (at least when perpendicular to the house) should be sloped away from the house so water will run away from the house. Seeing numbers for the ...
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Can I drill through the bottom plate of this first floor into the basement?

I have a 1905 balloon-framed house in western Washington. I would like to run wiring down the front exterior wall into the basement. I've tried looking up designs for this architectural style but it's ...
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How to work around bowed king stud for a window frame?

I'm framing for a new window in an existing wall, and the left king stud bows out slightly. How can I fix this? My current plan is to place the new (straight) jack stud against the king stud, and add ...
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Can my second floor support a marble bathtub?

I have a marble bathtub that weights around 2400lbs which I have calculated is about 42 cubic feet; capacity of 314 gallons of water (@8.3lbs=2600lbs). The total weight of the bathtub with water and ...
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Sizing a #2 pine beam to span 13 feet 6 inches

I want to remove a portion of a center wall in a single story house that is a trussed roof with load carried on exterior walls. Snow load would be 30 ppf. The section of wall measures 13 feet 6 ...
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Can I remove this paneling from behind the wall?

I am attempting to run wire up a wall and hit an interesting problem behind the drywall. Behind the drywall is what appears to be inch thick wood paneling. Apologies for the rotation, will fix. ...
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Header size and support for 10 foot window

I'm putting in a large 10 foot window in a sunroom on a non load bearing wall. The entire wall is being replaced. I was planning to put in a header with joist hangers attached to the 2x12s in the ...
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Am I ready to install window framing in load bearing wall?

I'm looking to add a window to an exterior, load-bearing wall. In front of the wall (which rests on the foundation) is another "wall" framed for wood paneling. I need to cut through the ...
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Plank T&G subfloor / girder repair in bathroom 48" OC

I am doing a complete gut remodel of my bathroom in a 1962 construction home. The subfloor is 1-5/8" x 7" tongue and groove set on 4 x 6 girders that are spaced 48" OC. A leaky toilet completely ...
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joining two 190x35mm to make one 190x70mm

Intended use - rafter. Would be two joined boards be as strong as one of a larger size? Minimum requirement is 140x45mm, maximum 190x70mm. I have timber 190x35mm. If I use two boards side by side, ...
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how to stop a barn door from twisting a 2x8 header

I have two barn doors covering an 18' foot opening. The opening has wooden 4x4 at each end, and one in the middle. There are two spans of 2x8, 9' long as a header at the top of the 4x4s. After ...
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How do I replace Studs and bottom plate if the studs have been cut half way up the wall and removed

Should I put a 2X4 horizontal plate where they have been cut and then put a stud under it to a bottom plate, just like a wall. Or should I scab a 2X4 to the new stud like they said of the same one but ...
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Is this a reasonable way to create a crawlspace over a structural floor?

So, part of my thinking on "how to build a house" includes the use of a structural floor (slab) with a crawlspace framed atop it to provide space for, and access to, service runs. (Air handling ...
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What is this metal material?

I’m running some networking cable from my attic to my basement (only going through one main level). The best place to run the cabling takes me through an old covered up door (closet) frame on the way ...
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How to size a header for 3 openings along (non load bearing?) wall

We are reconfiguring the doors/windows along an exterior wall under the gable end. The original house had several windows and a 6' slider on that wall, all utilizing flat 2x4 headers. We are going ...
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Is it normal for fiberglass to face down in basement?

Image attached below. Entire basement has the fiberglass pointed downward and the paper touching the ceiling above. Why wouldn’t it be the opposite way so the fiberglass isn’t just hanging down?
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Can I notch the end of a piece of fire blocking to accommodate a wire?

I'm framing a partition wall and a lowered ceiling on one side of that wall. The space above the new, lower ceiling will essentially be attic space, so the inspector said I need fire blocking in the ...
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Is it possible to cut a larger opening in this window / serving hatch of this pool house?

I'm curious if it is possible to cut a taller opening in this pool house or if that would create structural issues supporting the roof From the inside you can see I would remove the 3 stubby studs ...
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How can I modify this load bearing wall to allow for a French drain?

I have a basement wall made of block/poured concrete, but it's leaking. My plan is to install a French drain to take care of the leaks and prevent flooding. To complicate matters, this wall isn't ...
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What should I use to frame walls inside a concrete structure?

I recently bought a house and it has an unfinished suspended garage (big concrete room with 12’ ceilings in the basement under the garage). The walls, floor, and ceiling are all concrete and there ...
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How much weight can a 3.5" deck screw hold before pulling out?

I have built a climbing wall in my daughter's bedroom room. There is a portion on the structure that is completely horizontal on the ceiling, it is 36" × 36". The framing consists of 2x4's. I ...
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How do I attach a deck joist to a ledger at an inside corner of the house?

I'm planning a deck for the back of my house that will be tucked into an inside corner of the building. I'm not sure how I'll attach the outer joist to the ledger board, since that will be tucked ...
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How to fill 5 inch deep gap above and below window on internal wall

I've recently had wallpaper stripped and the guy managed to remove two of the PVC window trims in the process. This has exposed a gap between the top of the window and the wall of about 1.5 inches, ...
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66 inch tub in a 68 inch alcove?

Technically it's not an alcove, it's the back end of the bathroom, and I want to put a tub across that back wall. It's 68" across, and the closest tubs that I can find are 66". Seems like I should ...
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Structural integrity of new fence on concrete slab

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it with new wood in a more modern design by doing horizontal planks. I ...
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How can I reduce a rough opening height 1-1/4"?

I'm building a new master bedroom closet. The wife wants a specific 30x80" door which requires a rough-in of 32x82. Unfortunately, the measurement from the top plate to the subfloor is 83 1/4". I'm ...
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Rebuilding fence - lumber questions

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it while we are locked down in our houses. I've read up a ton and just want ...
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How can I frame a four-sided cantilever on a 10x12 freestanding, floating deck?

To try to keep the background short and to the point: I live just outside of Atlanta, GA and am looking to build a small (10'x12') on-grade freestanding deck behind my house. I'm not allowed to dig ...

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