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 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 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 ...
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Will a horizontal 2x4x16 sag with only compressive force on it?

In brief - I want to use a 2x4 to resist the tension put on trellis posts ~16ft apart, rather than the other two options. I'm building a grape trellis with upright 4x4s connected by high tensile wire....
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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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Identifying a load-bearing wall

Can I just triple check to get your views on whether the indicated wall in this house floor plan (between kitchen and diner on ground floor) is a load-bearing wall or not? Very much appreciated.
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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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Easy way to find out if this wall is load bearing? (double top plate, but parallel with trusses) with pictures

It's a single story house (but this is an addition done in the 80's I think). I know a double top plate usually means it's load bearing, but parallel with trusses means it's usually not load bearing. ...
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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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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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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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Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure

We have an unusual 3 inch thick poured concrete floor in a steel mesh in the ground floor of our house, under this is a basement like area with an old riveted steel across half of it and a couple of ...
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load or non-load bearing wall? [duplicate]

Good afternoon, we are in process of renovating a small apartment that has been gut renovated in 2000. We want to move a door position 40" to the right and install a pocket door instead. The metal ...
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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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