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Could this center post be load bearing?

I have a partially below grade family room with a concrete sub-floor that we're remodeling. There is a 12+ foot wide closet running across one wall. I need the center post for the closet gone. ...
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White Pine load bearing capacity

How much load can a 4 x 6 solid white pine support on an 8ft span (anchored a both ends) The normal snow load in this area is 125psf.
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Raising Sunken living room - Load concern

I want to raise the living room so it is level with the rest of the house. I have all the dimensions and how I will be doing it. However, I am concerned about the load as there is a basement below. ...
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Is this wall removal safe? [closed]

I have a handyman here doing renovations. I had him remove a wall from a load bearing area. I told him we need an additional beam,. He insisted upon insisted we don’t. He removed the wall and the last ...
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How much weight can a 9 foot tall 3.5" x 1/4" thick hollow square steel tube hold vertically when used as a column

I am trying to get an idea of how much load / weight (2) 9 foot long piece of 3.5" x 3.5" x 1/4" thick hollow square steel tubing can support when used vertically as a column. The ...
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How much load will a triple and or a quad 2x10 hold on a 12' 6" span?

I have two triple carrying beams on 6x6 post, 12'apart from each other let to right. Off the house to the back yard they are 10' 6" from one another with a 2x8 deck framed on it 16' out, 16" ...
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Calculating center beam for purlins on porch roof

I'm building a porch roof as seen in the picture below. The blue boards will be 2x6x12 on 24" centers. Knowing this, how do I determine the size of the red boards? I do plan on doubling each red ...
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15 A Circuit - Moderate Load (500W Space Heater) tripping breaker?

I'm trying to troubleshoot an issue that's been happening with one of our circuits in our '87 house (home office). At least twice now, the 15 A circuit breaker has been tripped on our 200 A breaker. ...
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Where to find maximum load for roof terrace

I live at the top of a mid-rise block of flats and the top flats are inset slightly such that each has a balcony/terrace area. I'd like to put some sizeable planters in this space (175 litres). ...
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How far can I run 55 amps (240 volts) down a NM 6-2 cable and still meet code?

I'm running a 240 Volts, 45 amps down a NM 6-2 cable. How long can this wire be and still meet electrical code?
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New GFCI trips when load wires installed

I moved into a new house recently. One of the outlets was a 2-prong, ungrounded receptacle. I wanted to install a GFCI so I could plug in 3-prong devices. The old receptacle had 2 hot, 2 neutral and ...
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Does my electrical service have capacity for an 80A EV charging circuit?

Per @Harper-ReinstateMonica, asking a new question as a follow up to the previous question found here (What TYPE of wire should I install to future proof this install?). Need help doing an electrical ...
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Freestanding Pantry removal walls, Load bearing?

I have no floor plans for the home. This is a single story, non-basement home. It was built with a freestanding pantry in the middle of the room. Naturally we want to open it to increase traffic flow ...
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When running a bigger wire to deal with voltage drop on a 240V circuit, do I now need to run a neutral as well?

I am running wire for a 240 V, 20 A split-system AC over a hundred feet and the voltage drops below the allowed NEC 5% voltage drop. So I have to step down the a wire a gauge and run a #10 wire which ...
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Garage loft max loading

How much load can this garage loft handle? The garage is 24' wide. The floor of the loft is 2x10s 24" OC. Those are 2x6s to the left of the plates (the 2x10s run all the way from those left ...
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C16 Wood Strength

I'm looking to hang some kids bicycles up inside my car barn. I have a 2021 new build house in the UK, and a wooden car barn. If I were to buy a 3.3 meter length of C16, available at various widths (...
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removing room dividing wall?

I have a colonial which I would like to extend the kitchen into what is now a living room, the wall does run perpendicular which usually would indicate that this is load bearing, but also the joists ...
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Calculation Of Steel Beam

I have a project where I need to span a 6 meter gap (~ 19.5ft) The beam will be supporting a load of 150KG (~ 330lbs) The load will be evenly spread along the beam. There can be no supports along the ...
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Will a typical house floor carry a 300 lb. safe?

I am going to upgrade my home safe. The safe will be on the second floor, which is the top floor. The safes I am looking at weigh 350 to 500 pounds. I could probably get by with a 300 to 350 pound ...
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Is this safe? Sandwiched 2x2s taking weight of ceiling

We’ve started doing some work on our stairway, where we need to replace the 2x6 with 2 2x7s because we are making the clearance bigger. We’ve noticed that the current 2x6 joist parallel with the ...
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How to calculate the load of the following stairs design

I just built a stairs made of 2x12 as treads and 2x8 as riser in a very hard red wood. the riser is glued and screwed with 1/4"x 4" structural screws (4 per steps) into the 1.5" side of ...
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Identifying material on masonry wall

The inner side of an exterior wall in my house has, behind the plasterboard, a kind of masonry which I'd like to identify. I attach pictures. It looks like concrete but it's quite easy to drill: I can ...
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Configuration for new Electrical panel load and balance?

Replacing a panel rated for 150 amps with 200 amp panel and adding 4 circuits. I counted Amps of existing panel and things don't seem right, it looks loaded incorrectly, for 150 amps. So basically I ...
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

I am trying to figure out if my plans for a computer desk setup would work. What I want to do is build a backboard that would be attached only to my desk and have it support 3 monitors (<16KG) ...
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What type of saddle to use for house built on piers?

I'm drafting our "forever home" and have enough knowledge of our building code (Ontario Building Code, National Building Code) and I've done enough significant renos that I'm on a solid ...
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Total max weight hung on single stud

I'd like to hang a gas central heating vertical radiator on a single timber stud behind a thin plasterboard wall. The stud is 38mm wide (actual size) and (presumably, difficult to measure) around 75mm ...
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How to install generator inlet box with my current house setup?

Attached are the photos of my outside “main” panel and the sub-panel inside my garage.  The panel outside in backyard (main) does not have a standalone breaker “main” breaker. It is inline with the ...
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Load bearing columns and railing

I have a porch railing in which I am certain the columns are load bearing, however, my wife wants me to remove the railing portion. My question is, is this safe to do? Does the railing serve any ...
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Want to be certain that there is no way this decorative wall can be load bearing

I am in a top floor flat, 2nd floor (G, 1 & 2) and have a decorative wall [Picture 1] separating the kitchen from the living area. I just want to be certain it cannot be load bearing, or that any ...
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Loading on 5/4 treated pine decking

I recently built a deck, and we are looking to make a privacy wall using pencil hollies. As I was making sure weep holes weren’t sitting on joists, it occurred to me that the way that these planter ...
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Replaced GFCI no power in line wire but power in load wire

We overloaded our back lanai outlet (used 20amp doggy hair dryer on a 15amp breaker oops prior house handled it so didn't think to check) and melted the GFCI outlet in the garage that protects the ...
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Will a concrete roof hold the weight of a roof garden?

We are planning to build a roof garden on a flat roof. The area of the roof is 25' x 25'. The concrete slab thickness is 6", and our structural engineer has provided sufficient reinforcements, as ...
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Old diamond metal lath plaster ceiling strength for supporting heavy loads?

I am an avid DIYer and have been renovating a space in an old commercial space from the 1950s. It is a hodge-podge of various building materials over the years. In our space is, from what I gathered ...
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Trying to determine appropriate beam size for a header on a large sliding glass door

I am considering installing a large sliding glass door in an Exterior wall with load from both interior 2 story slopped ceiling joists/rafters (new door going into 9' end) and on the other side is an ...
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Hang 250 kg (550 lbs) on concrete wall

I want to hang a 250 kg (550 lbs) water heater on the exterior wall (this mass includes the water). The system to attach it is included (two metal bars, attached with 2 screws each). The concrete wall ...
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What to use for 16ft span, max 1500 lbs [closed]

Greatly appreciate if anyone out there would have an idea what to use to support a lift in the center of a 16 ft span, and have a 1500 lbs max load? Thinking of maybe three stacked 2x8x16s??
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Single stud removal

I have a 2 story house with basement built in 1904 and I'm wanting to create a doorway into a bedroom from the living room. Through the center of the house is the wall which is load bearing. The wall ...
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Type of hanger on hanging beam?

I am putting in a hanging beam in my ranch style house. To replace a load bearing center wall. The only load on the wall is ceiling load. It is a hip roof. The lumber in all rough cut. They are 2x6 ...
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How much weight can a 2x4 wall support?

I would like to build a desk and attach it to my wall like so: I have a countertop surface that's about 6' long by 2' deep. It's pretty heavy. I would like to support it by mounting a 2x4 ...
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Max load on a 30Amp Sub Panel

1st post so go easy :-) and hoping someone can help. I am currently investigating the feasibility of this and whether to approach an electrician on it (i.e. is it even possible without massive rework)...
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Cantilever support [duplicate]

Using two 2x12 that are 12' long tied to a supporting a Load Bearing ceiling with no floor above, can 24 inches be used as a cantilever to support another load bearing ceiling supporting wall? To ...
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sistering a 2x6 to current 2x4 rafter

I purchased a home with a car port attached to the detached garage. The current carport rafters are 2x4 spanning 12' (24" o.c.) with CORRUGATED FIBERGLASS panels for roofing material. The ...
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Installing Hammock Chair from Ceiling with Metal Joists

I’m mounting a hammock chair to my ceiling using 2 eye-bolt plates rated for 160 lbs max load. The plates came with 4 screws meant for wooden joists, but after drilling a pilot hole, I realized the ...
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Hanging swing from back patio roof

My back patio roof is a flat roof with 2x6 rafters which look to be connected to the house using joist hangers. The far end of the rafters sit on a 4x12 beam. With the weight of the swing and people,...
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Splicing load side of GFCI receptacle

I have a Junction box with incoming 120v coming into it. I want to Install a GFCI recpetacle in this location. From this same location I would like to splice the load side of the GFCI in order to ...
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How do you calculate the horizontal force created by a load hanging from hinges with a hinged bend (as in a hangar door)?

I am trying to calculate the horizontal force created by a raised hangar door, but for the purpose of this question, we can consider the horizontal force of a 2x4 stud that is connected as shown in ...
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Will a 4x8 swingset beam with 4x6 notches at either end support a 16 foot span?

Non-engineer here, I'm trying to adapt a typical "A-frame swingset design" (like this https://www.instructables.com/id/Free-standing-A-Frame-Swing-Set/) to be a small set of traveling rings ...
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Can I skimp on the jack stud?

Installing a closet in the very corner of an old house. Note, I don't have a proper king stud, but two 2x4s with a plywood spacer in the middle. This is a load bearing wall. I'm working with very ...
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50 amp GFCI Tripping randomly

My 50 amp GFCI Breaker tripped periodically so I disconnected the load wires from the lugs and turned it back on And after about a minute it tripped again. I then changed the breaker and it tripped ...
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Can my floor hold 2100 lbs of dead load?

I'll admit I don't get how to compute how much my floor can hold, and probably wouldn't trust my own math, even if I came up with the right answer. I'm looking to purchase a recording booth. I do ...
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