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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 is this plan for repairing load bearing rotting posts with epoxy (pics included)

My carport has five 4x4 posts with two of them are showing serious signs of rot. I have attached a photo of the worst and 2nd worst looking one, and what the other ones look like. At first I thought ...
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beam to replace 5 studs of wall

I recently removed 2 studs from a wall and now I feel like it is not enough, so I intend to remove 3 more. The house is 26' wide and 30' long, built in 1918. It has a basement, main floor, and attic....
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ELECTRICIAN BORED 4" HOLE through top & bottom chords in attic — how to fix?

I'm extremely concerned; hopefully unnecessarily so. We recently upgraded our electrical panel and I just noticed (about a month and a half later) that the electrician bored a 3.5" hole through what I ...
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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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Structural cross joists and load-bearing walls (century home)

I have a friend that recently took possession of a century home. Its a 4 plex and He was told it was an old school house (at least at some point in time). We’re experienced weekend warriors but ...
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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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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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Can I remove framing members forming a wall below a load bearing beam?

I am in the process of buying my first home and my head is already spinning with update ideas. The main idea, in particular, is renovating the kitchen/dining. There is a wall separating the two spaces ...
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Are these walls holding up my roof? [closed]

Hello I have a room that we have to insulate. To do it properly, I am thinking of tearing off the drywall. Then the thought hit me that since I'm going to be redrywalling the room, can I also take ...
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Is it safe to shave off 1/8" from a load-bearing stud?

I am trying to install a small metal media cabinet in a load-bearing wall in my basement, but unfortunately the cabinet is about 1/8" too wide to fit between the studs. Is it safe to shave off a ...
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Is this a load-bearing wall between my house's entrance and dining room?

I have recently bought a home in which there is a wall at right at the entrance of the foyer. Is there any way to tell if it is a load-bearing wall? I just want to get rid of it.
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I've determined this isn't bearing any weight, but what about as a lateral member?

So I have these two ugly columns I would like to remove, plus the soffit above it. I've been thinking for a while that I wanted to remove them and open up the room, but I wasn't sure if they were ...
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How can I support both floor joists and roof trusses while I replace wall framing below?

I have a wall with some termite damage near the tops of the studs and into the top plates. The wall is external front of the house. Wall is in blue in the diagram below. It supports the floor above, ...
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Shear and Point Load rules of thumb for maximizing window area?

Scenario: One-story ranch house, 25 feet front-to-back, on a concrete perimeter foundation, in California (seismic loads). T-111 plywood exterior. I would like to maximize the glazing area of the ...
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Removing potentially load bearing wall

We're looking a taking out a wall between the kitchen & living room that is likely load bearing. The wall between the living room & kitchen is an extension of a hallway that runs the length of ...
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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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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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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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Why are some of my trusses nailed to interior wall top plate?

I am hoping someone can answer why I have multiple trusses nailed into the top plate of a small interior wall in my home. In the first image, I have highlighted in red where the trusses actually touch,...
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what is the design load limit for a jack stud and header plate?

Assuming an over-strength column composed of one jack and two king studs - how much load can a single jack stud support - assuming #2 stud grade SPF for the header and jack. I've found a table that ...
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How to estimate the load bearing of MDF plates on a wood/beam construction?

I have a 2000mm x 1400mm x 15 mm MDF panel (green) which I want to use on a to be constructed high plane for a bed and some space around. The depth should be 1600mm. The room is not rectangular which ...
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Is there a standardized way of calculating load bearing of beams with connections notching the beam?

I would like to figure out how to estimate the impact on load bearing of different solid structure wood (german Konstruktionsvollholz/KVH norm) beam connections. Assume I have a connection like this ...
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Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
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Calculating floor load strength

Well I'm sure this had been covered over and over. I could not find the formula I seek. I'm building a storage room in the back of a large steel building on my property and I was thinking I'd use the ...
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What would a calculation be for the weight bearing capacity of 6 x 2 studwork?

I'm building a campus board (a training aid for rock climbing) and my landlord wants to know how someone can be sure a person's body weight can be supported from it. I'm at a loss on how to give him ...
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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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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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Metal columns in basement span two beams

I am doing some renovations in my basement and noticed that the metal columns aren't centered on one main beam but centered on the gap between two beams. You can see it in the picture below (with 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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Ground-level Free-Standing Deck Frame (Feedback Requested)

I would like to ask for your feedback on the deck frame illustrated in the image below. It is a ground-level, free-standing deck. All your feedback is highly appreciated! Iteration 1 [Edit] ** ...
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How can I attach angled beams to a post?

I'm designing a deck with 3-2x10 beams supported by 6x6 posts. I know when the beams go straight across the posts I can use any number of brackets designed for that purpose, like Simpson AC4 (or AC6, ...
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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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Why are two columns holding up this support beam?

We purchased a new Ryan Homes house ten years ago and are now finishing the basement. Down the center of the basement ceiling is a large steel I-beam between the footers. Given the size of the house ...
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Wall on subfloor is load bearing or not?

So I want to remove a wall dividing my kitchen and dining room. It is full height, so it could be load bearing. The floor joists under it run in parallel to the wall, which leads me to think it is ...
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Wall load bearing or not?

We want to remove a wall in our kitchen, so we ripped out the drywall on one side. Is there a way to tell if it's load bearing or not? Here is a picture of the exposed framing: It seems that the ...
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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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Replacing Drywall Railing with Glass Railing

I would like to replace dry-wall railing that separates the 2nd floor loft with glass...but it may be a bit more complicated. Background: Two stories Vaulted roof Ground Level has high vaulted ...
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Is this wall load bearing? See photos

I'm looking to tear down the wall between my kitchen and dining room, and I'm wondering if it's load bearing. If so, it's a 9' section that I want to remove. Would two 2x10s with 1/2" plywood ...
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Can my floor support Kitchen Island?

I am installing a 5' x 3' kitchen island consisting of two base cabinets. Once I've installed the two base cabinets, SilestoneUSA will install a quartz counter top. My plan is to screw two ...
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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 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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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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Is it safe to screw #14 screws into the bottom of Center Support Beam?

Making an 8' clothing rack in the basement. I don't want to weaken the center support beam which is made up of 3 2x10". Would it be safe to secure the pipe flange with 2 1/2" #14 screws into the ...
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How to mate two pressure-treated 2x6s together?

I want to mate two 2x6s pressure-treated boards (span = 8') so that I can use them as a beam for my ground-level floating deck. Should I use a construction adhesive? Anything special given that the ...
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Weight distribution in load bearing wall?

Good morning, I have a load bearing wall that separates my living room from my kitchen and dining room. The wall is approximately 23 feet long, with 2 openings in it. One opening is 35 inches(going ...
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Anchoring sail shade to roof rafters

I'm trying to figure out the best mounting layout for installing 20x16 sail shade over my patio. My plan is to anchor 2 corners to roof rafters, and 2 other to trees. I'm worried about load from winds,...
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Will my wall stand up to fairly heavy pine planking on the inside?

I have just purchased yellow pine tongue-and-groove lumber for the interior of my home. As I moved the wood in 16' lengths into to house to acclimate, I noticed the extreme heaviness of each piece. ...
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Mounting pull-up/exercise beam in corner above window

I'm considering mounting a beam for climbing exercise equipment similar to what is pictured below (see here for complete details): The set up (in my case) would consist of two 20" 2x8 base boards ...
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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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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 ...