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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 badly have I undermined my foundation footing?

I am a first home owner based in Sydney. I have water pooling in my crawlspace so I was advised by a structural professional to lay a french drain around the perimetre of my home. I watched hours of ...
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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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Drilling through load bearing wall diagonally

I am familiar with the code requirements for drilling holes through studs in walls, whether they be loadbearing or non-loadbearing. My question is, does it matter if the holes are drilled diagonally ...
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Is this a load-bearing wall seen on this architectural building plan?

Hello community! I wanted to ask if anyone could assist in figuring out whether this wall is load-bearing based on this architectural building plan?? This wall is currently the back of a reach-in ...
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Is this wall with a beam below it load-bearing?

I want to remove a wall with pocket doors. Crawl space joists run parallel, but I see a parallam beam. Is this wall load bearing.
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Is this pantry wall load bearing?

I would like to remove the wall in my kitchen. It is a pantry closet, which I'd like to replace with cabinets. We didn't think it was a load-bearing wall since is only about 2 feet by 30 inches but ...
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Replacing load bearing beams in a covered porch to patio conversion

I'm starting a project to turn my covered porch deck into a covered stamped concrete patio. The 3 support posts for the roof all need replaced. There is a 4th post that needs replaced as well that is ...
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I need to determine the load weight capacity for 2" x 12" pine board laid flat resting on two points

Boards are used as shelf decking. Each end rests on beams that have a 7/8" lip. We use 2x8", 2x10", and 2x12" pine boards of approximately 40" in length. I have not been able ...
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Help replacing a rotted roof overhang support post

We removed an old front porch deck and found that we had an old post that had rotted from the bottom that was supposed to be supporting a roof overhang. I have a temporary post up and am looking to ...
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Loading bearing wall?

I'm looking to determine whether the indicated wall is load bearing. I am looking to move the indicated wall several feet "upwards" based on the photo, shrinking the bathroom. There is no ...
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Is it important that the framer add extra plate to the floor instead of putting the load bearing stud directly on the plywood?

I brought a licensed contractor to reframe the kitchen door, expand the laundry closet into a nook, and remove some of the studs to eliminate a linen closet. First, they did a very bad job, cutting ...
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Wanting to put open railing on stairs but framers seem to have made the banister load bearing. Is this going to be hard to change?

Our home is in framing phase but we didn’t get to choose finishes. They are framing it for an enclosed wall staircase but I want to change it to railing as soon as I move I. However, the framing ...
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Is this kitchen partition wall load-bearing?

I would like to remove the highlighted wall. I live in a condo built 30 yrs ago and there is another tenant the above my unit. the wall I want to remove seems where an old window and a door attached ...
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Are lally columns direct indicators of load bearing walls?

I have a hip-style roof where the first floor is set up as such (- & | are walls; = & || are doors; + are lally columns; gaps are empty spaces or openings): It's a poor representation, I know |...
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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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Is it safe to build a long beam from shorter pieces of lumber?

We have a mid span beam in the middle of the garage (24 by 24 garage) supporting the 12 ft long floor joists (2x8) for above attic space. This beam was made of gluing and nailing three 2 x 10 (or ...
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Do I need to supplement my floor joists or steel girder for a remodel?

I am doing a kitchen/den remodel and spoke to an engineer beforehand about taking out some walls (he said it's safe to do as they aren't load supporting). On his way out he said I should get someone ...
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Max span on 2x4 truss

I am refitting an old shop above my garage to be an ADU. It was built in the late 70s / early 80s, and the truss system is 2x4 trusses on 22" centers. The trusses are professionally built & ...
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Sizing beam/header for planned 12' opening

I am trying to figure out what sized beam I will need to support the load when opening up the center wall in my home. This opening currently exists, but is only 6ft wide. I am looking it expand that ...
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Are the walls of my garage closet load-bearing?

I am planning to remove this garage closet to make more room for our car. From looking at the framing it doesn't appear to be load bearing - which would obviously be very surprising considering it ...
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Two by fours embedded in basement concrete slab used for framing... including a load bearing wall. Should I be concerned?

So there's some long ass backstory - sorry for the wall of text! I figured better too much detail than too little tho. We recently bought a house in Vancouver, WA (climate zone 8b), a custom job ...
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How Do I Calculate Joist Size/Spacing for Sea Container Used as Root Cellar?

I am repurposing a sea container (intermodal container) to be used as a root cellar. Sea containers are stacked for transit and the structural integrity for stacking is based on the four castings (...
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Need advice on replacing a load bearing steel column/ post

In the 1960’s my house was remodeled. A load bearing wall was removed and replaced with an I beam. Eventually, I will be rebuilding the former wall to load bearing specs again, but also leaving the I ...
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Can I drill a 6” hole in my i-joist (not load bearing)?

Hi I am in the process of installing a range hood in my basement and I need to snake the 6” vent through a I-joist to get it to a place where I can drill it out through the rim joist. The question I ...
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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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Feedback on my temporary support wall?

House info: 1960s ranch; basement below, attic above Project: Remove existing window, and reframe wall for larger window in exterior load bearing wall; portion of exterior wall framing removed during ...
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Connecting a load bearing post to deck fascia?

I have a roof over my deck. The posts that support the roof are attached to the deck via simpson timber screws (as seen in the photo below). Is there a better method or bracket I could utilize to beef ...
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Metal Ceiling Joist Load capability [closed]

What do I need to consider if I want to suspend a 1/2 ton chain hoist from this type of ceiling Joist? I would never even come near 1/2 ton, maybe 50Kg tops. I want to connect an I beam with a trolly ...
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can I do this to support a hot tub on a deck

I have a hot tub that measures 7x7 and weight is around 4400 pounds with 5 hefty people in it. I am in the process of building a new 16x40 deck and my wife wants the hot tub on it, the finished deck ...
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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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