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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Recommendation of whether current structure is sound, or bracing or a new header needed

Previously, there was a pocket door in a non-load bearing opening (jack and jill bathroom). There was a double top plate, cripples to a 2x10 header, and a jack stud on either side of the header. It ...
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How to deal with drain pipe sticking out of bathroom wall

This is the picture of a wall behind the toilet. You can see the black pipe sticking out of the drywall about 1" The previous owner decided to build a box around it. I didn't know what was inside and ...
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Frame a jack stud without bottom plate?

I need to frame a small header in my kitchen exterior wall for a range hood exhaust because the 8" hole is dead center on a stud (of course). It's a 2 story 1941 house with 2x4s 16 on center. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does anyone know of a website with stud framing diagrams?

Does anyone know of a website with stud framing diagrams for various example rooms e.g. bathroom showing fixtures, kitchen showing appliances, and other various rooms in a house? There are home ...
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Sill thickness larger than 2"

Can a sill plate be larger than 2" thick? I installed a footing to carry a point load. I will be installing 3 LVL's on top of this and then trimmers to support a header. So I need the need to get ...
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Header beam nailing code requirement

I asked a version of this question yesterday, but now I would like to know exactly what the code says when it comes to nailing. So I am placing this 13ft (12.8ft) Versa-Lam LVL beam as header for a ...
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Should I frame out my foundation walls before or after I install the subfloor?

I'm about to start on finishing our basement and I'm going to put down a subfloor of DMX AG along with 5/8" T&G OSB. Should I frame out my perimeter foundation walls before the subfloor or after? ...
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Less number of king stud

This is stair tall wall 19' high. as per design around door there should be one jack and two king studs, contractor installed only one king stud on right side of door as there is another partition ...
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Upstairs load question [duplicate]

The home in question is in Orange County California. I believe most upstairs floor joist are 2"x10" 16" on center. What is the pounds per square feet. If my box foot print 60"x80"and weighs 2000lbs ...
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installation of floor safe

~floor safe ~ 24"width X 19"depth @350 lbs, including contents ~ position ~ centered @ 30" (12" either side of this point) from outside concrete foundation wall, the 19" depth is sitting 1/...
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Im making a room in the basement and have a problem with framing

There is a room in my mother-in-law's basement which was partially framed a long time ago and I was wanting to finish it. The problem is there is an exterior wall which sticks out and then back in and ...
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Handling breaks in the top plate for a long partition wall

When building partition walls whicher are longer than a 2x4's length, how should butt joints in the top plate be handled? I can think of 2 methods off hand: Assuming these are acceptable methods ...
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Removing diagonal truss brace?

Looking to put insulation, plasterboards on the garage ceiling and some down lighters, Not a massive amount of heavy stuff is currently stored there (primarily boxes etc). There are 5 joists, joist ...
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Garage remodel: can I leave garage door in and put an insulated wall in front?

doing a garage remodel and wondering how best to keep the garage door on facade and still be able to have A/C in the garage? I live in hot and humid south Texas. Is this a ridiculous solution to ...
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How to ensure correct distribution of beam load over deck posts?

Given the illustration above: Are there any tips on how to ensure that the beam load is correctly distributed across the three posts? All posts are adjustable (up/down) via hex nuts so I have full ...
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How can I replace a load-bearing header and jack studs without disturbing siding?

My broad question is what tools/technique to use to remove (in order to replace) load-bearing studs and headers on an existing wall with lap siding nailed into said studs. Any videos or tips are ...
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What to do about unattached drywall corner?

We purchased a medicine cabinet for a bathroom remodel and upon opening up the wall realized that there was a stud running through it in such a way as to make it impossible to put in the cabinet ...
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After 1 year, how much gap between members is acceptable in light framing?

Many of the connections between various members (rafters, collar ties, joists, studs) in the attic of a newly constructed small barn (~1 car garage) have grown over the past year. In short, the ...
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What is the correct type of anchor bolt for attaching a sill plate to a slab once the concrete is dry?

If you need to install additional anchor bolts after the concrete has cured (and thus can no longer install traditional J bolts), what is the correct type of fastener that can be installed into dry ...
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basement drywall over vertical brick surface

I'm attaching drywall to the studs in my basement. The wall's frame of studs is standing on top of a tiny wall of bricks, one brick deep. The bricks were already there, acting to dam water so it ...
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Can I cut a 4x4 stud to frame a pet door without carrying load?

I want to frame in a pet door in an exterior wall, next to the man door in my garage. Cut a small section to see what I was up against and found a 4x4. Can I safely cut this to install a header/jack ...
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Question about garage attic framing?

Upon opening up the ceiling of the garage to install a fold-up attic ladder, I saw boards going from the gable beans to the attic floor beams. See picture below. This is the first time I have seen ...
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How do I position roof trusses without using a string line?

How would I be able to install trusses on the building walls in which the tails were pre-cut to length, and have them come out perfectly straight to one another, without using a string line, mainly ...
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Should I frame energy walls inside sill plates that extend inside the foundation?

So...I'm getting ready to finish our basement, and I noticed that the pressure treated sill plate (I assume that's what it's called) overhangs the foundation by about 2-2.5". Should I just put my ...
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Making an attic space into walkin closet

I have an attic space which is on top of my living room and 13'X20' size. I am trying to convert this space into a walk in closet. It has 14, 2x4’s joists spacing 16” on center on 13’ direction. It ...
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Can I disassemble and re-nail a 2x4 wall with the same lumber?

I just built a 10' load-bearing wall section and realized I made a mistake. I knocked it apart and would like to re-do it, but I'm worried that end-nailing into the studs (where I can't be sure I'm ...
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How to frame and insulate a “cold” room

I'm renovating my whole basement but I'm starting with the "cold" room as I'll be moving some mechanicals in there. The cold room is one of those old storage rooms people used to use as a pantry/...
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Method to support I joist after cutting the top flange for dryer vent?

My laundry wall lands DIRECTLY on top of an I joist in my basement. They are parallel so moving one side or another will not allow me to miss the I Joist. There is no method to vent up because a ...
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soffit to attic access on gable end?

I want to install a camera/flood light under the soffit on the gable end of the house. Note the location of red arrow in below pic. After I take off the aluminum soffit cover, will I have access to ...
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WRB (water resistant barrier) detail at eave/rake/peak of shed roofline

This question pertains to the proper detailing of WRB at the roofline of wood-frame, shed-roofed, new construction, without rafter-tail overhang. I've found little by way of Google. I've found an ...
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We have a 30in wide single door closet that we want to convert to sliding 60in closet, there is plenty of space to do this but how?

We have a closet that has a single 30in hinged door that we want to open up and install a 60in wide sliding 2 panel door. We have plenty of width and depth to remove the old door and open the wall to ...
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Strength, weight, cost comparison for Aluminum vs. Framing Lumber floor joists

I'm considering using Aluminum (I beams or other shapes) instead of Framing Lumber as the material for the floor joists in a residential remodeling job. The finished floor I intend to support with ...
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Attach Ledger to Rim Joist with peace of mind

Assuming I use a ledger board (vs freestanding...ehem) I will be attaching a ledger to my rim-joist which is an engineered heavy 1" thick OSB material. I know it's structurally sound, but, I have my ...
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Cutting joist for skewed joist hanger

Do I need to cut the joist lumber's end at an angle so that it sits flushed to the beam when installing skewed joist hanger? The below video tells me that it's not necessary. https://www.youtube.com/...
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Cosmetic fix for installing decking board when not parallel to house?

I am expanding the deck that goes very far (35 x 48 feet ~ 1000 sqft). So I am pretty sure the further end will not perfectly parallel to the house. It could be 1-2 inch off from one end to the other ...
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Does the granite countertop on my deck require separate footings?

If I want to have a granite countertop as a table on top of my deck, do I need to support the 4 corners with actual footing, like 4x4 with concrete? Or it is possible to just bold the 4 legs on the ...
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What size header do I need for a new garage service door?

I am going to cut out the wall in my garage under my stairs to build a small room. When I put up the door I have to use a header because it's a load bearing wall. Do I need to make the header out of ...
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Best practice for making headers for deep (2x8) walls

So I am working out a framing plan for an exterior wall made from 2x8s and I want to put a door in it. I plan on using two 2x12s for the header. The question is, what is the best practice for ...
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Framing half-wall in basement to full wall over exterior wall

Debating on whether this is something I can do or if I need to call in an pro. I have a basement room I'm looking to use as a theater room, and I need to finish a wall to the ceiling so I can hang a ...
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Finished basement with just painted concrete walls

I have a house from 1955, where the basement has been finished with lighting, carpet, interior walls, etc. I don't know when it was finished, only that it was so when I moved in. The strange thing ...
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Sill Plate not Lining up with Foundation Wall [duplicate]

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...