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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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Is this column load bearing?

I want to remove the pony wall, the floor to ceiling column that separates the kitchen from the family room. I have oodles of original plans, and I don't see any obvious-to-me indicators that this ...
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How to support a load bearing wall when no temporary wall can be constructed?

I am replacing a 4 ft doorway in a load bearing wall with a 4 ft pocket door, which necessitates replacing the header in the wall with an 8 ft header (4 ft of door + 2x 2 ft of door pocket). The wall ...
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How to identify if wood-framed wall is load-bearing?

I'm removing a wall in my bedroom/bathroom to open it up for more closet space. Now I've been hesitant on knocking it down until I'm 110% sure it's not load bearing. To my understanding a load bearing ...
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Can I replace a drop-in sink with a counter-top mounted sink?

Would it work to remove a drop-in sink and replace it with a top mounted sink? I'm thinking that now work would need to be done to the counters themselves besides attaching the new sink. The original ...
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what size of beam should I use to replace 3 2x8 that is 16 feet?

What is the equivalent of a 3 2x8, 16 feet? I would like to use one beam (for decorative effect) instead of the 2x8s since the beam will be exposed. This will go up in my dining room ceiling. If the ...
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Framing a window directly through a post in post-and-beam construction?

I have a single story home built on a concrete slab using post and beam construction. I have 4x4 posts spaced 5 feet apart along the exterior wall with 4x8 beams holding up a 4" tongue and groove roof ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I remove remaining studs below already installed load bearing beam?

I recently purchased a two story building that had a load bearing wall removed and a beam installed. When the beam was installed there was about 3 feet of paneling and studs that was not removed ...
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Load bearing water resistant substrate for floating shelves in kitchen

I'm planning on hanging 4' floating shelves in my kitchen. These shelves are 2" x 12" x 48". Roughly 27 lbs each, and of course they will be loaded with dishes. I should also mention the walls ...
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Drilling hole in Aluminum i-Beam - weakening [closed]

This is one of those things that my gut says "how could it be an issue" but am hoping someone has a more engineered answer. I have a 13k Boat Lift from Boat Lift US. Each side has two 3/8" Aluminum ...
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I need to know if this is load bearing. Removing old tub and new tub is larger. Need to cut studs out to make room

Ive purchased a new tub thats larger than the existing. I tore out the wall to make room. Im not sure if this is a load bearing wall or not. Any help appreciated!
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Removal of a 2x4 with roof truss built on top

I am remodeling my bathroom and I have run into a problem removing some of the framing where a shower used to be. There is a 2x4 spanning the 5 1/2 foot width of the bathroom and it has been built ...
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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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How much shear load can rebar withstand?

I'm thinking of integrating rebar into a short grape trellis as horizontal supports for the vines to climb on. Is there anywhere I can get the deflection/load information for rebar spans? As currently ...
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Beam where joists meet in center of room

First. I am getting a contractor. I like to have a good idea what I am dealing with so I can understand what 1,2,3 contractors with estimates propose to me. Ranch house with Cape Cod roof sitting on ...
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Notch more than 25% deep on a load bearing wall stud. Help!

I hired someone (so much regret) to mount a tv for me and they notched the studs of the load bearing wall for the cabling. I don't have a picture of the notch but I have a picture of the mounting and ...
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Load Bearing Weight Capacity of a 3/4“ x 3/4” Wood Molding?

I'd like to custom install Ikea PAX sliding doors into my existing closets, recessing them into the closet opening. My idea is to create a custom "frame" simulating the Ikea closet frame onto which to ...
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Making box joists with OSB?

I'm looking for information on construction details and how to determine appropriate size for box joists sheathed with OSB (similar to this document that describes such joists sheathed with plywood, ...
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Is this foyer (wall) load bearing, in a condo

I live in a 5 story condo, on 2nd floor. I wanted to remove this foyer (in picture labeled as ENTRY). I see joists running across the room, left to right in the picture. The structural engineer came ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

I want to remove these three small pieces of wall (Marked in yellow arrow) to combine dining and living room? Since the house has a basement. I also attached the basement pic to show the structure ...
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How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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24" o,c, 2x4 for load bearing wall and rafters for workshed?

I'm making a small 12x16ft workshed. I want to go 24" o.c. on the walls and rafters (rafters may be 2x6, or 2x4 with supporting members), both for cost saving, and because it will create less thermal ...
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Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?

The house dates back a billion years. Some parts older than others, and added as either obvious/not-so-obvious extension. One such structure is a stand-alone room whose rear-wall (upto about 3 feet ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to use to backfill around the concrete pier block?

Given the image above: What should I use to backfill the hole around the concrete pier block? I am thinking to use one of the following: (1) Paver base (again) (2) Gravel (3) Just the dirt that I ...
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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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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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Is the full-height newel post for this oak railing structural?

There is a railing between the kitchen and a sunken living room. I really dont think the post is structural since its a.)just an oak post b.)looks nailed in with finish nails. I just wanted a second ...
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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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Trying to determine if a wall in my basement is load-bearing [closed]

I want to expand my basement. I removed the drywall from the this wall. Someone told me it is not load bearing but I want to be 110% sure. The floor joists above the basement are running parallel to ...