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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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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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Why does the maximum deck overhang sometimes decrease with joist spacing?

The deck construction guide for my area contains this table: Look at the "Allowable Overhang" columns. It's odd that a wider joint spacing (24") permits a longer overhang. For example, look at 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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REMODELING 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof- went in attic and do not see a BEAM over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room- also has a fireplace on ...
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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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Splitting loads among two intersecting beams

I have two spans that will run perpendicular to each other. The largest span is loadbearing at about 26ft, the smaller is non load bearing as about 15ft and rests in the middle of the larger span. ...
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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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Rafter load capacity

I have a 1929 craftsman house with dimensional 2x4 rafters on 24" centers. They're about 13.5 ft long, spanning 11.5 ft each (measured horizontally, wall to ridge beam) at a 7:12 pitch. About 25% of ...
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Is this wall on the second floor a load bearing wall?

I am removing a small shower in my master bathroom in order to install a larger one. I want to know if this wall is load bearing, I don't think so but i want to make sure. There is no wall ...
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Is joist blocking safe on these old warped joists?

I purchased a house built in 1960 and like other people have mentioned the terrible bounce, I got the same exact situation. I'm thinking of installing blocking to strengthen the floor. The 7 joists ...
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Seeking advice on securing a 4x4 wood column ( post ) to a porch consisting of 2“ bluestone atop a (minimum) 4” concrete slab

Seeking advice on securing 4x4 wood columns ( posts, likely SPF or similar ) to a porch consisting of 2" bluestone atop a ( minimum ) 4" concrete slab ( pretty sure it's thicker ). The Posts are ...
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How to ensure correct distribution of beam load over deck posts?

Given the illustration above: Are there any tips on how to ensure that the beam load is correctly distributed across the three posts? All posts are adjustable (up/down) via hex nuts so I have full ...
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4x6 wood swingset beam, single span, center load max lbs?

I'm building a swing set with a 10 ft 4x6 pine beam. I would like to determine how much active load the beam can support at the center point, or at least minimally how much static load. I've ...
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Is this pocket door header load-bearing?

I removed two pocket doors in my second story bathroom (see picture 1 & 2). I would like to remove the headers above the pocket doors and open up the bathroom. However, I wasn't expecting such a ...
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Are these walls load bearing?

Looking purchase this house, however, want to remove the bar and closets in "red", could that whole area be removed, or are those load-bearing/structural walls? The original structure for this house ...
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Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing?

Other than looking up blue prints, which many homeowners may not have, are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing? Methods I can think of might include: Going up in the attic to check if ...
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DIY Solarium / Four Seasons Room - Project Planning Advice

I am located in Columbus, Ohio. I currently rent, but I am planning on buying a house in the next two years, and I want to get started on planning for this project. My wife is a houseplant enthusiast, ...
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Can I hang 100lb boxing bag from wood ceiling beam?

I'm looking to hang a 100lb combat sports banana heavy bag from my ceiling as shown in picture below. Obviously the iron beam is the most stable point, but it's only 7ft high at the low point and the ...
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Is this wall load-bearing (Blue prints included)?

We just bought a house and would like to remove a partial wall that was added as part of a remodel. I have the blueprints for the remodel (completed with permits in the 80s). I've attached images of ...
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Load bearing walls in 1860s house

We own a third floor condo in a house from the 1860s. I am trying to identify the load bearing walls in our apartment. Wall A is load bearing because it supports the roof joists. But what about wall ...
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How to install a door in a load bearing basement wall that is only 80 inches high

I would like to install a door in a load baring wall in my basement that is only 80 inches from the floor to the joist. It's an old 1940s home where half the house has joists running east west and ...
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Alternative designs for a load bearing wall

Please bear with me - I am not very skilled in the area of house renovations and building structures. We had a business come in and draw up plans for a new kitchen. It involved knocking out the '...
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Is this closet wall load bearing?

Wanting to remove this closet that is by my front door. Nervous that the wall that is parallel to the door is wall bearing. First time renovating. [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https:...
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Are these walls load bearing

Looking to remove the closet and wall in this restroom. Already had a structural engineer look at it before I removed the drywall. He only checked the studs with a Franklin stud sensor and didn't go ...
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Reinforcing load bearing wall

Pretty sure the box across the opening is a beam and the wall is load bearing. Want to remove these studs on this wall and the wall behind it to open up my living room to kitchen and create a bit of a ...
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Can I use blocking between floor joists to support off-center jack studs in a load-bearing wall?

I have a load-bearing wall running down the center of my house, perpendicular to the floor joists. As this house is from the 1920's, there is no subfloor - the bottom plates of the walls sit directly ...
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Load bearing wall and basement beam don’t line up. Want to add a header and larger opening. Problem?

Additional info: -Ceiling joists have studs running down directly above floor joists -Floor joists are 2x10 spanning ~14’ 16OC -One of the floor joists that will carry the load is doubled and right ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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Is it load bearing? Weird attic config

thanks for taking a sec to read. I just bought a small house in which the ceiling joists in the Attic seem to change from east to west to north to south. I am wanting to remove part of a wall in which ...
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Should this 3 ply LVL bear on a single 2x4?

My engineer has designed a 6'6" beam to carry my load and this would consist of 3 LVL glued and screwed together. 7 1/2" LVL. Like most LVL, a single ply is 1 3/4" deep. So, as he has it specified 3 ...
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Proper size of header to support new door in load bearing wall?

We're going to install a new linen closet off the hallway next to our recently(ish) remodeled bathroom. The wall in question is load bearing. I know how to properly build out the King and Jack studs,...
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Is a vertical crack in a wall stud okay as long as the wall isn't load bearing?

In the photo above you can see that a pipe was put through a 2x4 and that the 2x4 splintered/cracked somewhat as well. This is framing a bathroom in the basement. On the Framing perpendicular there is ...
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Reinforcing a load-bearing bolt in metal-to-metal assembly

I just got a new pull-up bar and am slightly concerned about the design. The bar itself is attached to the main assembly in such a way that its only support comes from two bolts on either side that ...
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Determining load bearing wall in attached blueprints

attached are two images from blueprints of the first floor of my three story home. I am looking into some renovations and hoping the hive mind could provide some insight. As I'm in the general initial ...
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How to mount load-bearing assembly meant to be installed into joists

I recently got the below ceiling-mounted pull-up bar that installs into joists with 3" lag bolts. Unfortunately, my joists run perpendicular to the direction that I want to install this bar, so I need ...
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Is this a load bearing post?

I’m wanting to remove this post but not sure if it’s load bearing. Can someone please help? Thanks!
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Home built in 2000 - Is this wall load bearing? [closed]

Would love some help determining if this wall is load bearing. Pics and blueprints attached.
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Is the wall load bearing?

I was hoping to open up my kitchen to living area and make an island where it the pantry and coat closet is. All I have are these floor plans. Is that wall structural? Thanks!
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Is my basement wall load bearing?

I have a 2 story house. The wall in question is in the middle of the basement. There is an old field stone wall that runs parallel to the ceiling joist (3x8). Directly above the stone is a flat board (...
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8'x8' platform 8' off the ground. If 4x4 steel columns, do I need bracing?

Remote off-grid land with lots of bears, coyotes and even turned wild domesticated dog packs. I'd like to build a 8'x8'platform 8' off the ground for camping and use the bottom for storage. If my ...
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How to calculate the influence on load bearing on beams cut/notched for connections?

I have trouble understanding what's the point in cutting beam endings in order to make wood construction connections. Assume a connection of a 50mm x 50 mm beam (green) to a 100mm x 100mm beam (pink) ...
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Cutting a 2" hole through a load-bearing 2x4 stud for a washing machine drain?

Some previous owner of our house moved the washer/dryer to the second floor, but made some pretty dubious decisions when doing so: I'm preparing to patch the paster, skim-coat, and paint, so I need ...
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Closet Wall, is it Load Bearing?

Trying to figure out if the front wall of this pantry cabinet is load bearing. We'd like to remove the front of the pantry and install cabinets here instead of the closet, but unsure if we can pull ...
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Can I remove the bottom wall plate once a new header beam is installed?

I removed a section of load bearing wall in my house and installed a new header in the opening. The 2x4 at the bottom of the wall was not removed and sticks up above the surrounding flooring (~3/4" on ...
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Reinforcement for Ledger Board on Bearing Wall

I'm helping a friend remodel an old addition on his house. We've uncovered a construction technique that may have been normal 60 years ago, but isn't up to the standards of today. I'd like to know if ...
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Cutting stud in load bearing wall to create vent opening for cooktop hood

We are installing a wall mounted cooktop hood over a gas cooktop as part of our renos. We have centered the cooktop along the kitchen wall but unfortunately that places the center line right in ...

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