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A load bearing wall supports the structure above it, and thus cannot be removed without replacing that support. Use with the [walls] tag

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How much load capacity can a 4 foot long 4x6 support at its midpoint? Each end is on a concrete footing [closed]

Would like to know how much weight a pressure treated 4x6 that spans 4 feet can support at its midpoint. Both ends are resting on concrete footings.
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Is this a load bearing wall / what options do we have to reduce its size

Thanks in advance for your thoughts; we're looking to do a remodeling project, and want to remove the 'chopped up' nature of our home to make it feel more open. It is a 1986 build, nothing renovated ...
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Can I replace a 4x4 pine post with smaller steel post?

In a basement, I would like to replace an old 4x4 pine, load bearing, interior post with a square steel tubing post. The goal is to reduce the physical size as much as possible for aesthetics and ...
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Identifying a load bearing wall in an a-frame?

I want two remove two walls on the second floor a-frame that run perpendicular to the roofline. Some things I've noted: The sliding door when closed blocks the middle point / ridgeline The floor ...
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Do I need a lintel? Will I need to prop wall/roof?

I'd like to replace my garage window with french doors as I want to put an office/workshop in there and there's currently no side access. My garage is single skin brick, built in the 60s and there is ...
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Drywall bulge/crease on load bearing walls

I have a main roof beam running the length of the house. I have an exposed ceiling in the living and kitchen area so this main beam is clearly visible in those locations (highlighted in green). A few ...
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Type of beam to use as a header

We're building a new duck coop so I've been playing around with some ideas. Here's my current design: The wooden beams are 8x8" beams that are 8 feet tall. They'll be anchored into the ...
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Unknown ceiling/roof beam installed in old renovation

This house has a shallow (approx ~15°) gable roof, and raked interior ceilings to match. In past renovations, a large horizontal beam was installed which runs the entire length of the house, on the ...
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Cutting doorway into load bearing wall above empty room

I opened up a load bearing wall in the 2nd floor to add a doorway and found strange framing and studs. The wall is right above where the opening for the room is shown in this picture where the ceiling ...
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Test if pantry framing is load-bearing?

Doing a little kitchen renovation. Below is the place where a small pantry and a stack of old double electric wall ovens once lived. The pantry was on the left, and you can probably make out the door ...
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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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Header size for enlarged opening...am I reading this correctly?

I'm enlarging an opening for a front door. I'm trying to work out the header size. Please see attached picture for reference. Structure: As the structure of my house doesn't match what is in the code ...
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Load bearing wall

Can anyone tell me if the pointed walls are load bearing wall. Is there a way to tall from the blueprint ?
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Hiding load bearing support inside wall

My master bedroom has a support column from a load bearing beam that sticks out a foot in the center of my bedroom. It was added because of an addition to the house. It’s been an eyesore so I’m ...
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Need help evaluating damage to pergola post

I have a 10-year-old cedar pergola (see picture) and I just discovered some moisture and carpenter ant damage in the base of posts. The damage had been hidden beneath decorative base caps. I scraped ...
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Temporary support for exterior wall header when joist are parallel to wall

I am trying to figure out how to support an exterior basement wall while removing a 5' window header and replacing with a wider 6'door header. This is a basement with one floor above. The floor ...
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Pull-up bar above double door's wall, safety

Question Is it safe to use a wall mounted pull-up bar above a double wide door? The image below shows the door in question. Notes Above the door, there are 3 cripple studs above the door, as indicated ...
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Granite kitchen island support

Looking for advice to understand who would be the right kind of surveyor or tradesman to investigate load-bearing joists / flooring. Recently I purchased a property with a converted basement above ...
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How long does it take for ground to become sufficiently compact to bear the weight of an above-ground pool?

The back of my property has a couple of drops down toward the final elevation, sort of a terraced effect. The first of those drops I retained with a timber retaining wall in order to make the ...
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Will a cantilevered 4x6 support a swing?

I built a simple swing set for my toddler daughter. I just want to make sure that the beam can hold up for the two swings. I have two 6x6x12 post set 3 ft deep at 23 inch apart for a slide. Than I ...
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Hanging an egg chair between two joists

I want to hang an egg chair from my ceiling between two joists that are 24” apart. I have no attic access. Can I put a metal plate with a welded u ring in the center of the plate across the two joists ...
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Can I remove these walls?

I'm doing kitchen renovation and want to remove a few walls. Those are on the first floor of a 2 story house(no basement). I've opened a few of them and did my best to provide all the pictures. I ...
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Floor Weight Question for Aquarium

I am building a reef tank in my living room, it's in the corner of the house, and as you can see from the drawing, it is sitting on 5-floor joists. The house is less than 10 years old and the joists ...
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Can I remove this closet?

I have a closet in the middle of my house on the first floor I would like to get rid of. I am concerned it could be load bearing since it is in the middle of the house. But there isn't only that ...
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Modifying load bearing studs

The builder of our house put two double load-bearing studs in the middle of the media room wall where we want to install an in-wall center channel speaker. Would installing a box frame with double 2x4'...
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Can I use pressure treated lumber to build a wall?

I have couple of 2X4 8' pressure treated lumbers left, Can I use them as King/Jack studs to support a 2"X 10" header in one of the load bearing wall in my basement ? Thanks
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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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Need help to determine if load bearing wall and or how to fix

[![enter image description here][2]][2]I am remodeling my upstairs bathroom and removed the shower pan and floor was rotted. The plywood extends under the wall into my bedroom. My question is how can ...
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Support for enlarged opening for new doors

I’m considering enlarging an entry door (to the outside) from a single door to double doors (rough opening basically enlarged from 35” to 70”). It’s a two story brick house on field stone foundation (...
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Is my detached garage ceiling capable of handling the load of drywall and insulation?

I'm looking to drywall and insulate my detached 3 car garage that measures 40' x 25'. The ceiling joists are 4' OC and I've realized thay may be a problem. The previous owner contracted a garage ...
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Front Porch Posts Not Contacting Porch Slab

After removing my front porch railing, I noticed that 3 of the 4 porch posts do not make full contact with the porch slab. The one closest to the front door is the one that doesn't move around. The ...
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Pulley/winch knot + spring for holding up heavy punching bag

I want to hang a heavy punching bag with a pulley and a heavy duty spring. I currently have four lengths of rated chain attached to a hook, a heavy duty spring attached with a caribiner, then a rated ...
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Loading Bearing Studs issue

I have some questions/concerns about my load bearing studs/wall in my basement stairs. My house is just 3 years old house and no modification done yet to any load bearing wall yet. You can see the pic ...
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Is it safe to assume a wall is not load bearing if the studs are on 24” centers?

I am looking at remodel options in a 2003 built townhome. In considering which walls may be load bearing is it safe to say that when walls are interior and have studs in 24” centers they are not load ...
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Using ceiling hook with no joist or anchor/toggle? Is it ok to do for string lights? What hook to use?

I've been trying to figure out whether or not it's safe to use regular hooks in the ceiling without a toggle or joist or other reinforcement for lightweight applications. I would imagine there would ...
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Design for an outdoor swing to hold at least 300lbs

I am trying to build a super strong swing for my big kids and adults to use. I know it's preferable, but I would like to avoid an A-frame design because I just don't like the look. If I sink two 6&...
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What kind of load can an aluminium split batten system support

I am looking at ways to attach a large (2.4m) and heavy (25kg) bookshelf to a wall. The bookshelf has two tiers. Assuming books weigh about 30kg per metre, when full this bookshelf might weigh 169kg. ...
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Do beam supporting posts need to line up from basement to roof

Do beam supporting posts need to line up across multiple levels of a house? I have a steel beam holding up the main level of my house. In line with that beam, on the main level is a load bearing wall ...
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Load bearing wall - Condo

I am attempting to remodel my kitchen in a condo. In the floor plans shown below, there is a small square symbol with a diagonal line through it. Has anyone seen this and can I assume it’s load ...
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Is there any way to tell if these walls are load bearing from the blueprints?

We want to remove the highlighted walls. Is there any way to tell from the blueprints if these walls are load-bearing?
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Making sure this wall is just a partition and not load bearing

We are considering widening this existing opening and installing double doors. Is there any chance that this wall is load bearing? I was going to be overly cautious and put up temporary supports for ...
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Can these posts be removed to open up this staircase railing?will I have to reinforce this beam? If so how would I do that?

I noticed the showhome of our model had a basement renovated with an open staircase and I'm wondering how simple it would be to do this in our home. I've attached a photo of what it looks like in the ...
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What defines a load bearing wall?

I know "A" is a load bearing wall. "B" may/may not be load bearing. Correct? What about "C"? I want to take that wall down. Can I safety assume non-load bearing? ...
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Can a triple stud be replaced with a thinner, stronger material?

We have a galley kitchen and our fridge takes up a lot of room when the door is open. I'd like to recess it back into the wall using some empty space in the dining room directly behind it. However ...
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difference between load bearing walls and beams

I am faced with removing two load bearing walls, even though they have the same span, they bear different loads: 1st wall supports 2 struts 2nd wall supports 2 struts + 2 hanging beams. The size of ...
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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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Building a load bearing wall

We had a modular home set over a full basement. Steel floor jacks are lined down the center of the basement to support the house weight. We would like to begin to finish the basement and want to ...
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Installing new basement post to support first floor post

I am opening a first floor load bearing wall 15 feet wide . This wall sits one foot off from the basement center steel beam, with 2x10 joists 16" on center. The engineer has specified the first ...
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Door Jamb and Moulding as Load Bearing?

Recently I've been working on replacing the moulding around the doors in my home, but I've come across a bit of an oddity with the jamb - It's the same piece of wood as the moulding. I thought it was ...
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Is this a load bearing beam?

Is the big steel beam running perpendicular to the joists a load bearing beam?

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