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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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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Is it OK to drill/notch an end joist (not rim/band joist) as long as it's continuously supported by a foundation wall?

I'm in the process of trying to run some CAT6 and speaker wire at various places in my house. One of the things I'd like to do is run speaker wire in the living room to a wall plate behind my sofa, ...
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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 to and tight against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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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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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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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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Weather barrier for concrete block to wood transition

I have a concrete block garage with a single-car-size door that I've framed in. The goal is to cover the whole area with siding. I've applied housewrap to the wood portion but I'm not certain how to ...
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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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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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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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Are top and bottom plates required for a furring strip wall?

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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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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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 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 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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Can a header be continuous across the whole wall if it is above the top plate?

I have seen that continuous headers can be problematic due to lateral forces. However, in my situation the "header" is actually a 4x6 purlin which is above the top plate. The original purpose of the ...
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hanging a load from engineered I-joist ceiling

I'm trying to figure out the best method to hang a light 4x8 trailer that weighs just under 300lbs from my garage ceiling to store it. I'm planning to use a light electric hoist or ratcheting hand ...
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Floating Dock Framing Length?

I'm planning on building a floating dock and am looking for advice on framing. More Specifically, i'm wondering if anyone knows what the maximum length I can span between two floats? I inherited ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...