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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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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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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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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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Should I be concerned with the condition of the bearing end for this lintel?

Having stripped back the wallpaper in our living room in preparation for a re-skim of plaster, we have discovered a door which we didn't know existed, right next to the door into the living room from ...
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How to Move a Doorway in a Load Bearing Wall?

This is my first remodel attempt and I would like to create a doorway between a bedroom and a walk-in closet. The existing wall between the two rooms is a load-bearing wall. After removing the ...
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Moving kitchen opposite bathroom

Initially I wanted to convert the flat to a one bedroom, but it doesn't seem feasible due to lack of fire escape route from what would have been the bedroom (flat is higher than 4.5m from the ground).....
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Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: http://www.home-gym-bodybuilding....
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Is this wall load bearing

wish to tear the wall between kitchen and dinning (orange arrow). Not sure if it is load bearing.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How can I replace a load-bearing header and jack studs without disturbing siding?

My broad question is what tools/technique to use to remove (in order to replace) load-bearing studs and headers on an existing wall with lap siding nailed into said studs. Any videos or tips are ...
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Is highlighted wall load bearing?

I was hoping someone could tell me if the circled wall is load bearing? Thank you
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Can I cut a 4x4 stud to frame a pet door without carrying load?

I want to frame in a pet door in an exterior wall, next to the man door in my garage. Cut a small section to see what I was up against and found a 4x4. Can I safely cut this to install a header/jack ...
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90's house remodel - remove half walls

We are looking at a house and the overall layout has a lot of the half walls we are looking to get rid of. The posts going up are the only thing I think are going to be load bearing. But I am not ...
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Floating shelf bracket using shorter metal prongs

I routed out 25cm long grooves in the center of the thickness of my floating ply shelves (3.4cm thickness). I have metal jumbo bolts of 12mm thickness and 25cm length that worked very well (the ...
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Can I take this wall out?

Good evening, I decided to start a kitchen reno in our new house and wanted to take out this wall. I assumed it was not load bearing as it runs parallel to the joists, but after taking drywall off I ...
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General procedure for replacing load-bearing wall with truss on top

What is a general procedure for replacement of an external load bearing wall wherin the wall is bearing the load of the upstairs floor joists, but also has roof trusts which land directly onto the ...
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Wall Mounted Bed and Desk

Hello and thank you for taking your time to review my situation. I am having some questions regarding how I would go about mounting a bed and desk to a wall. My goal is to have them solely attached ...
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Large aquarium floor load

I'd like to put a 125 gallon aquarium in my entry area with a 55 or 75 sump tank underneath it. All told, I'm looking at likely 2250 to 2500 pounds over a base that's no more than 5 feet long by 20 ...
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Type of Lumber for carport load-bearing post replacement?

So I need to replace the 5 load-bearing posts on my carport due to visible rotting. Do you recommend using the standard Southern yellow Pine Pressure treated 4x4 lumber I see in your typical big box ...
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Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air hose ...
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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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Extending joists to reach a new beam. What code to review?

I have spoken with a contractor about removing two load bearing walls (amongst other work). The two load bearing walls are parallel but offset by two feet to provide space for a range/oven in 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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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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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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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 ...