Questions tagged [load-bearing]

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 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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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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What is this large steel structure used in excavation? [migrated]

This may not be in the right site, but I can't find a 'construction' meta site. I keep seeing these large rectangular structures on job sites they put in the ground. I'm guessing something for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beam type/size for opening 15ft load bearing wall

I have a 15 foot span with an opening of 8 feet already there. I want to know what size beam I should use to be able to take down the rest of the wall. I’m curious of what size beam would I need to ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

I need to cut a hole for a recessed medicine cabinet. This wall is at the end of the house. I only need to cut one stud to make a frame for the cabinet. Will this damage the integrity of the bearing ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Framing an appliance opening in a load bearing wall?

I bought a fridge that is much too deep (first time buying a new house/new appliances) and unfortunately the appliance place does not take exchanges or returns. I am considering recessing the fridge ...
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Temporary Load Bearing wall support

Whats the best way to support an 18'-6" span of load bearing wall, so a LAM Beam can be installed?
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...
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Contractor cut joists short (followup to earlier question)

We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The floor joists are 2x10. The joists are 2x10 ...
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Pulley/winch knot for holding up heavy punching bag

I currently have a heavy bag mount I built from 4x4 posts to hold up a 100lbs punching bag. It currently has a nice swivel bracket holding it up, which has been working great so far. The only problem ...
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Contractor cut joist hangers to make them fit

(edited with additional info re. header) We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The ...
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Can I Move Interior Load-Bearing Walls Without Changes/Additions to Beams/Piers/Foundation?

I'm trying to determine if I can make some changes to my house's interior walls without making changes or additions to the underlying beam/pier/foundation structure. I have attached a drawing of the ...
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Determining if wall is non-load bearing

I am planning to renovate my kitchen and I would like to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I have attached a photo of the wall (wall behind the stove) as well as the room on the ...
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Will my roof framing support an array of flat solar panels?

I want to install 23 305w panels on my roof. It's a flat roof constructed with 2x8 beams spaced at 24". There is no snow load to consider and we get occasional wind and rain storms a few times per ...
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Reinforcing a Load Bearing Wall

I just finished removing 100 year old plaster/lathe combination over a long load bearing wall in my basement. It revealed quite a bit of termite damage to a load bearing wall and header going across ...
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DIY Desk / DJ Stand from Acrylic

I have a tall stairwell leading up to my attic 'den' and I was thinking about building a table top onto the railings to create a space for some turntables, mixer and laptop. Initially I thought I'd ...
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Pocket holes for bed frame support

The plans for https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2019/01/diy-rustic-modern-queen-bed.html call for glue and pocket holes at every joint. I'm wondering if pocket holes will provide enough structural support,...
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what size lumber for a 8' horizontal span to hold a 250 lb. load

to hang a sky chair on patio. Will be supporting at ends of 4x4 or some laminates of 2x4 (space limits), overall length is 90", max weight of chair and person 250 lbs. What size is suggested?
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Load distribution panel, type of wood and thickness?

I have a 1m2 (10ft2) object. This object weighs 400kg (880 pounds). I would like to spread the load over 2.5m2 (25ft2). I'm wondering what type of wood/panel and how thick should that wood be. Are ...
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Beam span for covered patio…please help?

I hope someone out there can help me out. I have a pergola type patio that I am putting a 3/12 roof over. Right now it is supported by 6 x 6 post that are 13 feet apart. There are 2 2x10's running ...
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What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame?

What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame? If one had to Re-engineer the Vertical Tubes/ Frame using Aluminum. What ...
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Removing inside walls

This is a personal DIY project where I would like to take down completely some interior walls. I've done measurements all around, attic, crawlspace inside/outside, and openings as well. The house is ...
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5m long 2 x 4 on Swing Set

We have had a swing set built in between two platforms on a climbing frame. There are two 5m long runs of 2 x 4 with a foot in between them. In that foot width there are monkey bars. We have 4 ...