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Header size and Post [closed]

I am doing a 12' span (load bearing). Looking at using 2-2x14s with 1/2 ply in between for the header and 4x4x8 posts. Sound good? Or would 2x12s work?
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Where do I add temporary support while widening an exterior door opening? [closed]

I want to widen the opening on the back of my home for exterior doors from 68” to 74” to install French doors. The opening is on the gable end of my two story home, built in 2008. It sits on a slab. I’...
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Are these 2 columns load-bearing?

everyone! We have recently moved into this house where the previous homeowners did quite a bit of changes by removing lots of walls and making it "open concept." In the living area, there is ...
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Will my deck support a hot tub?

I am moving a 9ft x 9ft hot tub that was sitting on a cement slab at our old house to a new one. Would like to place it on the existing deck & would be willing to “beef it up” if necessary to ...
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Should roofers have noticed and resolved roof structural damage? [closed]

We had an inspector look at our attic because there was a cat up there one night. (He works for a company separate from the roofers but his company did our siding.) He found a truss that was rotted ...
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Trying to determine if this is a load bearing wall [duplicate]

The wall in question is on the ground floor of a 2 story house, I've marked it in green. I've got 2 sketch ups for the ground floor(G) and one for the main floor(M). From what I can see, the floor ...
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Are my inner wall load bearing? [duplicate]

Walls between Dining Room/Living Room and Kitchen/Family Room
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What would be some reasons to add a post under a structural beam if its not need?

We're planning to remove partition walls that houses our through and through fireplace. We have had the structural engineer provide stamped document regarding the structure which they indicated is not ...
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Can top plate of partition wall be removed where it joins load bearing wall?

Is it okay to remove a partition wall that has its top plate going under the I beam of a load bearing wall? Would I just cut the top plate flush with the studs of the load bearing wall? The red arrows ...
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How to modify/remove stud wall bracing for doorway

The project I am attempting to bump out a pantry into my garage over my basement stairwell. Including appropriate clearance for the stairway, I will have an approximately 4x3 finished space on a floor ...
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How can I mount one end of a pullup bar to a brick wall and the other end to a stud wall?

I want to install a pull-up bar in my hallway between two walls. The distance, wall to wall, is approx. 39" and I have a 1" steel pipe and wall flanges. My concern is that while one of the ...
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How can we determine if these half walls and posts are load bearing? [duplicate]

We would like to remove the 2 half walls and posts to open up the room. We opened up the posts and it’s just two 2x4s that are nailed together and drywalled. Would it be safe to assume those are not ...
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Can I remove this Load bearing wall? [closed]

I wanted to find out if I can remove this wall?
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How to jack and support roof to repair exterior wall?

The top plate is rotten and needs replacement, because of roof leaks. I want to replace about a six foot stretch. Is it even possible to push the roof edge up half an inch so as to do this? I have an ...
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Can anyone make sense of this framing (Part 2)

Follow up to my original question here: Can anyone make sense of what’s happening with this framing? I registered but was unable to add a new comment for some reason. Anyway, here is a link to the ...
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Can anyone make sense of what’s happening with this framing?

Basically the horizontal boards are sandwiched between 2x4's on either side. House is a 1925 cape, but the bathroom is newer (maybe 10-15 years ago) This is an interior wall with plaster/lathe behind ...
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Wall parallel to cieling/floor joists- is it load bearing?

I have a wall on the first floor I'd like to remove that runs parallel to my cieling/floor joists. This is my first demolition project in the house and I'd love some insight prior to contacting a ...
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What are the concerns of a load-bearing interior wall being far out of plumb

I have a two-story home built in the mid-1970s. In the process of replacing a door upstairs several years ago, I realized how far out of plumb the upstairs interior wall is. Over the 79" from ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

I have gutted my bathroom down to the studs, and I want to put a shower mixing valve directly where the red X is. The problem is that board outlined in red is load bearing for the staircase landing ...
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Building load bearing wall partition to hang TV

I am planning to build the partition which will used for hanging TV which is 75inch that might weight around 35 kg to 45 kg. I was thinking to attach piece of wood in between the ceiling joist which ...
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How do I determine if a foundation pillar is load bearing?

We bought our house in 2021, the previous owner had the foundation replaced a year or two before we bought the house. The person who did the foundation got the new foundation higher than the older one....
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Header for exterior door in a brick wall

Hello internet friends, I’m working on replacing an exterior door for my 1940’s walk-out basement in NC. The basement walls are brick, with wood frame built on top. The existing door was framed in ...
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Is my beam sized properly?

I’m trying to determine if my beam is strong enough. Double 2x10 pine 6.5ft long center beam holding up upstairs floor with 16”oc 2x10 floor joists one side are 12.75ft long and 11ft long joists on ...
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Can I use 2x6 rafters for my garage roof?

I plan to build a 24ft x 30ft garage (28ft x 34ft with 2ft overhangs). I was planning on using 2x8 rafters, but I'm wondering if I can get away with using 2x6 rafters instead. The rafters are 24 ...
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Another load bearing wall question

First, yes, I will consult an engineer before removing any walls. I mostly just need a gut check to determine if it’s even worth the consultation or this is obviously load bearing. I want to remove a ...
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Can I attach an awning to a load bearing door header and frame?

I have a patio door with a load bearing header and frame that opens out to a deck. The only cover on top of the door is the roof overhang with a gutter running along it. The door is in an exterior ...
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Safe to lower pony wall? [closed]

I recently purchased a house with a high pony wall that divides the dining and living rooms. The pony wall has a column at one end that I'm concerned may be load bearing. To make matters worse, the ...
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Splintering Jack stud - does it need replaced? or is there a way to mend it?

I could not find any solid answers about what to do with this scenario: The jack stud on the left side of this window is split/splintered down the middle from what appears to be when the window was ...
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Trying to determine safe header span for clear opening on existing remodel

I have a house which has a footprint of roughly 40 feet long and 24 feet wide. On the side in question, one of the 24' sides, there is an existing 4 panel glass door system in place. This room has 10' ...
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Load bearing or decorative?

We bought our house (built in 1920) three years ago. These never bothered me but now I'm wanting to open up the space. I assume they're not load-bearing not only because they run parallel with the ...
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Any issues with tearing down this closet to open up some space in our mudroom?

we are wanting to take down this closet, and put in some custom locker cabinets instead for our mudroom entry since it is pretty cramped. First and most important, I assume this wall isn't load ...
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Is the front closet wall load bearing? [duplicate]

Closet in question we are trying to remove for a custom closet. Not sure if this wall is load bearing. House is a town house and the back wall of the closet is a shared wall. Wall to the right is an ...
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Is this wall load bearing? Was removed 1.5 years ago [duplicate]

Trying to see if this wall is load bearing. On the left, the wall went all the way up to the ceiling but the beam was not connected to any joist/beams in the attic. Also have vaulted ceilings but it ...
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Trying to see if wall I removed 1.5 years ago was load bearing [duplicate]

We bought a house awhile back and removed a wall we think was there to divide the kitchen from the dining room. We wanted a more open concept. Just want some assurance the wall was not load bearing. ...
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ICF home -- are columns in the photos load bearing? [closed]

I'm in need of some guidance regarding the two columns in the photos below. I'm trying to determine if they're load bearing. The home is an Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) build. I'm planning to remove ...
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Why is it sufficient to shore up a ceiling on 1 side of load bearing wall?

I'm looking up information about temporarily supporting a ceiling to make an opening in an interior load bearing wall. Wooden stud and joist framed house. For the most part, the materials that I'm ...
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Is this a load bearing column?

I’m trying to determine if a column in my house is load bearing. It’s at the corner of 2 pony walls and if it isn’t we might take out the column and the pony wall. There’s an extension of the 2nd ...
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Accidentally drilled partially through the top of a 3 2x10 beam - what now?

I was drilling a 1 3/8 hole through the bottom plate of a 2x4 wall in order to run a 1 inch conduit from that wall into the crawlspace for a media cabinet. I realized after a certain depth when the ...
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Number of posts needed? [closed]

I have no idea what math needs to be done to figure this out, but let me set the stage for you. I'm building a BIG planter box in my yard. 27ft X 54ft X 5ft high. We want to utilize our whole yard to ...
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Is it safe to alter or remove this closet? [duplicate]

I have a 1980's bi-level home. The center of the lower level contains a bedroom and utility room separated by a central load bearing wall with steel beam. There is a closet jutting out of this wall ...
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Maximum bore & space between bore on load bearing top plate?

I'm installing a structured media cabinet during an under stair closet renovation. Closet is on first floor, wall is load bearing, and also has fire blocking since it's connected to the stairs in a ...
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Are the walls of this closet load bearing? [duplicate]

My back entryway has this closet that kinda sticks out. I would rather have an entryway bench there instead. Just from glancing at this photo, do you think this is load bearing? Directly underneath in ...
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Wall perpendicular to joists but with single plate in wall framing - is it load bearing? [duplicate]

I have a wall that I’m confident it is not load bearing, but I thought to put it out there to see if someone thinks I’m incorrect. Here is what I know and can see: The wall length is little less than ...
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Is My Load Bearing Beam Safe? [closed]

I have been getting work done on my kitchen which involved removing a load bearing wall. To make a long story short, the contractor is a liar and now I can’t trust him. It has been 2 months now of ...
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Drilled vertically through LVL

I made an absolute fool of myself and drilled a 3/4" hole vertically through Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) when trying to run wires into an attic above an 30" wide exterior window. I ...
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Is it ok to replace a torsion coil spring without a middle bracket bearing? [closed]

Its a single door with a 1020 overhead door opener. It seems it was installed with the fixed end mounted to the side rail. The adjustable tensioner bolt assembly with the square bolts are towards ...
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Is this small perpendicular wall load bearing to the structure?

Curious to if this wall is load bearing or not. The ceiling joist span 16ft and the only interior wall that runs perpendicular is this small one here. All other interior walls run parallel and don't ...
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Should this severed wall stud be repaired, and if so, how?

We hired a plumber to fix a corroded gas valve in the kitchen. The valve was difficult to get to, and there was an existing pipe in the way, so they had to hack a chunk out of the cabinet and ...
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How best to shift weight of small load bearing wall section

I know, everyone's favorite topic from homeowners, load-bearing walls. Long story short, I've attached sketches of current situation and preferred situation. My wife really wants it gone (and replaced ...
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Could these spindles attached to the island be load bearing (structural) or can I remove them without hesitation?

I've attached some photos of the 4 spindles attached from the island to the piece that comes off the ceiling. I'm worried that these 4 spindles could be holding up the center of the house. Is this ...
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