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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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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'd only ...
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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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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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References to calculate lumber size and span for flat roof?

I want to design a flat roof extension to create a screen patio. I would like to find a reference for maximum span and sizing with standard (such as SY pine) lumber for beams and joists. I'm not going ...
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Looking for bearing part for GE Washer Dryer Combo WSM2700HBWWW

I have a GE Washer Dryer Combo WSM2700HBWWW, and during washers' last stage of the spinning cycle, it makes a grinding sound, so I suspect something wrong with the bearing. So I found parts are ...
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How to detect a load bearing wall?

Hello - I attached a quick picture to help determining whether the kitchen wall is load bearing. when I checked my basement, it has set of four concrete square pillars (not in the center but towards ...
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Will my wooden bridge withstand the weight of my small truck?

I am building a bridge across a small stream. I have 3 hemlock planks that are 24 feet long, and are 6 inches by 4 inches in dimension. The hemlock planks are positioned so that the 6 inch sides are ...
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Load Beam Sizing/Calculator Help [closed]

I would really appreciate some help with determining the size of beam needed for a new project and would prefer to keep a lumber yard out of it for now as they'll almost always price you up. I can't ...
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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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How can I run 2" sink vent stack through top plate?

I'm renovating my kitchen which used to have soffits. We've pulled out all the soffits and framing of the soffits. The vent stack for my sink goes up the wall and comes out of the wall just before the ...
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Raising Door Frame On Load Bearing Wall

We are in the middle of ripping out wood paneling in our living room and replacing with drywall. After ripping out the paneling around the door we decided we'd like to raise our door frame up to be ...
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How do steel studs compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? [closed]

How can steel studs possibly compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? The fasteners will at best engage with a minuscule amount of metal of X wall thickness and then break through into empty ...
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Is it OK to drill one or two 2 inch holes into a load bearing header in my basement?

tl;dr: Is it OK to drill one or two 2 inch holes into a load bearing header in my basement made of doubled-up 2x10s on top of 2x6s? This area is in the center of my two-story house, and bridges over ...
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Safe to remove this wall and header?

I am hoping to remove a portion of wall along with a door header. I don't think it is load bearing but I just wanted to get some opinions. I have had one contractor say it is, and another say it is &...
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Calculate the support requirements for a load bearing wall -

I am in the process of removing a load bearing wall to open up the kitchen to the dining room. The house was built in the 1700 in the Cornwall(south England) and is constructed from stone using lime ...
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Which is the load bearing wall?

We are looking to add a door to a wall in our basement and wanted to see what was possible by figuring out what wall is the load bearing wall. Both walls are perpendicular to the joists. The wall on ...
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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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Is this half wall with spindles load-bearing?

In the second picture the blue line shows the top plate for the half wall with spindles and the red highlights a beam of 2x12's. I'm not sure if it is clear but the half wall ends at a 2x6 that has ...
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Add a door to a basement load bearing wall

I am finishing my basement in a 1960 home, and a doorway is in an awkward place. I want to add an additional 36” doorway in a load-bearing wall that sits atop a ridge footing that is 5” above the ...
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adding and removing studs to stairs for support

I would like to remove the purple section so I may walk under the stairs. Behind that purple section has open space that I have to crawl under to get too. The red markings is the stairs behind the ...
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load bearing stair components

I've just opened up the under stair area with a plan to convert into storage. Can anyone tell me what parts A and E are doing in the following images? They don't appear to be load bearing to me. I ...
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Is the wooden-stud basement wall that runs next to & parallel to the shared concrete wall separating two townhouses load-bearing?

Okay gang, so here's my deal: My wife and I recently bought a 2-story (with a half-finished basement) townhouse, sandwiched in the middle of a row of other townhouses. After lengthy negotiation, I ...
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Can I remove this post on the lower floor of a two-storey home?

In the living area of my house is this decorative rail and post. I want to remove them. While I suspect such a narrow, solitary post would not be made to bear a load, I am not a builder so I still ...
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How do I figure out if these walls are load-bearing?

My house is a bungalow built in 1917. There are pillars under a central beam in the basement supporting the first floor (marked in red in my little drawing.) There is nothing obvious supporting the ...
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Is this wall load bearing and if so what are options to eliminate? [closed]

Trying to determine if wall between kitchen and family room can be removed.
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Opening Load Bearing Wall

I have a home built in 1956 that has a load-bearing wall that is about 2ft off the main support beam in the basement. There is currently a 30" opening in wall with 2x4 header. I would like to ...
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Am I ready to install window framing in load bearing wall?

I'm looking to add a window to an exterior, load-bearing wall. In front of the wall (which rests on the foundation) is another "wall" framed for wood paneling. I need to cut through the ...
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What type of beam to span 20ft?

Looking for help understanding live and dead loads and the mathematical equation for what beam to use or help with what beam we should use. We are trying to span 20ft between kitchen and living room ...
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Is my closet wall load bearing

I wanted to take this closet out but got nervous when seeing the backed wood. There is a floor above and the basement is below, but no support beams where the closet is. Also the joists run with ...
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Can someone help me to verify if my balcony can handle the load of a hot tub

I would like to place a hot tub on my balcony, and need help to double check if my floor joist can handle the load. I have have 2 x 12 floor joist @ 16" o.c. with 3/4" plywood decking and 1/2" ...
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Remodeling 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof. I went in the attic and do not see a beam over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room and there also is a ...

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