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Double 2x12 Beam - Seams Over Posts?

I'm building an awning off the side of a barn. I have four 6x6 posts spacing at 0,8',18',26'(8ft, 10ft, 8ft spans). I am building a beam out of 2 2x12s. I had learned that when constructing these ...
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How can I build a floating corner bench from 2x10 lumber?

I am looking to make a floating bench that spans a corner. 10' either way. I recently built an L-shaped block wall with steel supports embedded within the concrete. Now, I need to build the bench. ...
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Is it safe to build a long beam from shorter pieces of lumber?

We have a mid span beam in the middle of the garage (24 by 24 garage) supporting the 12 ft long floor joists (2x8) for above attic space. This beam was made of gluing and nailing three 2 x 10 (or ...
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Sizing beam/header for planned 12' opening

I am trying to figure out what sized beam I will need to support the load when opening up the center wall in my home. This opening currently exists, but is only 6ft wide. I am looking it expand that ...
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What lumber for window seat frame?

I'm making window seat with storage. Do I need 2x4 for the framing or can I use smaller size lumber - eg 1x3?
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How can I get true 1" thick oak boards?

I'm trying to make a drawer face to match the other cabinet and drawer faces in my kitchen. They are all 1" thick, so I'd like to match that size. I'm trying to buy some unfinished oak boards ...
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Is there any danger to mixing wood types when repairing structural joists?

I need to replace a 2 in. x 8 in. x 12 ft. joist and the only kind my hardware store has is "#2 Prime Kiln Dried Southern Yellow Pine Lumber". I do not know if this is the same type of ...
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Yakisugi (burning) pressure treated wood?

Can you finish pressure treated wood with fire if it's treated with Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) Copper Azole (CA-B) With a technique like Yakisugi / shou sugi ban? Will these interfere with the ...
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Purpose of the wooden board in the ground

Close to the foundation, there is a wooden board, I assume pressure-treated, in the ground. It looks pretty old and started to rot. I can't think of anything it is attached to. What purpose could it ...
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Is PVC lumber strong enough to act as a barn door hardware shim?

I am hanging a barn door inside my house. I'm using a steel hardware set (rail, hangers to roll on the rail, bracket to mount the rail). The door plus hardware will be a bit shy of 100lb. The rail ...
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Does the Metric system have a concept of a Board Foot?

The US sells lumber by $/board foot. I want to create a project planning spreadsheet that uses Imperial or metric dimensions to calculate how many Board feet I will need to buy. If the planner is used ...
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How should I handle a deck beam member that's slightly shorter than the others?

So, I had a load of wood delivered a few days ago for a deck build. With the beams, I have one board that is about 1/4" smaller in width than the others. What is the right way to deal with this?...
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How can I repair damage to the corner of a 4x4 post?

I'm updating my outdoor shower, and planning to reuse the existing (20 year old pressure treated) 4x4 posts. They're still solidly seated in the ground and surrounded by decking so I'd like to avoid ...
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Are lumber prices now high enough that building with brick/concrete is more price efficient in the US? [closed]

I’m looking at purchasing a piece of land and building my own home within Washington state. Traditionally, single family homes around here are built with lumber rather than brick or concrete due to ...
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How to sister 2x4s on top of each other?

In the past I have sistered lumber by putting the two pieces side by side (so if you have two 2x6s putting the 6” side next to each other) with some liquid nails on them and then putting some nails ...
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How can I connect floating 2x6 wall plates to 4x4 posts?

I've started designing an outdoor shower for my house, and need some advice on the framing. The vertical posts are 4x4 PT lumber and are the only thing already in place. As I've designed it, the sides ...
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Is this old 2x4 infested with termites, or something else?

I have this old 2x4 that we removed from somewhere in the house and which has been sitting outside in a pile with other lumber for a while. I wanted to cut a small piece from it and noticed that one ...
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Is straight lumber a thing of the past?

I am working on a bathroom project, which is a brand new room. I've gone out to purchase 2x3" lumber for this project (I don't prefer metal studs). It seems like everywhere I go to buy lumber, ...
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Cedar shims disappeared because of COVID-19

I've been hunting for contractor quality cedar shims - the super-wide kind that easily break along the grain. The big box stores don't have them and neither do the local lumber yards. At one of them I ...
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Inexpensive ideas to extend the height of my fence cinderblock wall outdoors

I live in the desert and a local bud of mine used landscape grade timbers that he attached vertically onto the cinderblock wall every 8ft. Then he laid outdoor rated privacy fabric over the timbers ...
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Will pressure-treated lumber shrink enough to cause failure of roof flashing around it?

We need to replace the flat roof on our balcony deck. In the process we also need to replace the balcony deck railing. The salesman for our contractor recommended a wooden railing to match what we ...
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White specks on framing lumber

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. I found that some lumbers (about 4-5) on the first ...
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Are wooden pallets decent wood?

What type of wood are most pallets made from? Are they worth the trouble - removing boards, removing nails, etc?
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How do I fix a wooden retaining wall?

I need suggestions on how to fix my retaining wall. Is there a quick and cheap way to fix it? Unfortunately, I don't have the money right now to spend on replacing everything. You will notice that ...
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White mold or fungus on PT lumber

I'm building a wooden fence and have a number of 4x4 pressure treated lumber stacked neatly in my garage. I've been pulling posts from the stack as I work on the fence over the last 4 weeks. When I ...
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New Pressure Treated boards are wider than existing ones

I am adding to a deck that is framed with 2"x10" beams and joists. I bought new Pressure Treated boards to add to it, but have found that the new boards are 9-7/16" versus the 9-1/4&...
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Why do exterior decks not use 2x12 or 2x10 lumber?

It is time to replace the exterior decking (mostly cedar, but some planks replaced by Douglas-fir). Alas, the finishing work 12 years ago did not endure; some planks have rotted— particularly at ends ...
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what size 2 by lumber should I use to support a swing?

I want to hang a swing in my yard and none of the trees have a suitable branch. I want to run a doubled up PT 2x8 between 2 trees spanning just shy of 10 feet. Will this be strong enough? Should I ...
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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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Measuring angle before cutting?

According to the instructions, I have to make a 21.5 degree cut in a 2x4 piece of lumber. Here’s a screenshot of the instructions: My question: can this measurement be done without having to buy a ...
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Edging options for newly paved asphalt driveway and parking lot

My partner and I are about to hire a contractor to pour new asphalt on our driveway and parking lot. My question has to do with edging. I have read up on Permalock which is an aluminum edging that ...
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How far can a 2x4 or maybe 2x6 support over a 10' span?

I am creating a shelf in my garage to go over the front of the car. The rules of the town home community is that we can't have anything that puts weight on the structure of the garage, so have ...
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Rebuilding fence - lumber questions

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it while we are locked down in our houses. I've read up a ton and just want ...
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What amount of wood defects is acceptable in a lumber delivery?

I took a delivery ($200 delivery fee!) from 84 which included eighteen 2x6 studs. Of those, only two didn't have significant defects. About 14 have significant (1"+) wane on two sides. Four have long ...
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Replacing two 2" x 12" - 24 (span) with comparable strength LVL beam

I'm the GC for my home palapa (covered patio) project. No walls, with 4 posts to support a 20' x 24'roof (metal roof). My framer gave me a B.O.M. of 4 each 2"x 12"-24 feet and 4 each 2"x12"-20 feet, ...
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Does RTD in plywood mean "Rated" or "Resistance Temperature Detectors"?

Lots of plywood at Home Depot have the letters RTD in the title, with no further detail. Many of these have multiple user questions of the form "What does RTD mean?" Answers seem to be split 50/50 ...
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Are cedar planks from a home center store suitable for a sauna?

When I look-up cedar boards on various home center web sites, I see many choices, but I'm not sure which most closely matches the typical sauna prefab and pre-cut kits. My situation is such that a ...
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What's the difference between "Framing Lumber" and "Framing Studs"?

The Home Depot website has these two as categories under Dimensional Lumber. Why would one want to exclude items from one category during a search for wood to use in a project? What is the ...
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When using a VPA (Variable-Pitch Connector) to connect roof rafters to a top plate, how and where do you install hurricane ties?

When a VPA to attach rafters to a top plate, it seems there isn't room left for your normal hurricane tie to be put in place: The part of the VPA that nails on to the top plate obstructs the ability ...
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Can a header be continuous across the whole wall if it is above the top plate?

I have seen that continuous headers can be problematic due to lateral forces. However, in my situation the "header" is actually a 4x6 purlin which is above the top plate. The original purpose of the ...
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garage storage area project

Thanks for reading my question! I'm trying to setup a storage area in my garage. I have an RV garage which is 14.4 feet tall and no RV so right now it's useless space. I'd like to make a room above ...
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Best solution to fix this siding gap with the trim

We recently replace some bad trims and changed some windows. But we ran into this issue now where the siding is not touching the new trims. Some part is is just 1/4" but this photo shows the largest ...
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does "clear opening" on rafter loading tables mean horizontal projection?

I am looking at some tables of allowable roof loads for southern yellow pine: http://www.southernpine.com/app/uploads/AL_27-32L.pdf Rafters are typically at an angle to horizontal. I'm wondering if ...
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Utility Trailer Wood Floor Installation

I have a small utility trailer ta her has a corrugated metal floor. Not sturdy enough to haul my motorcycle so I want to install a wood floor using 5/4”x 6” treated lumber. My question is what is the ...
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How much weight will this structure hold? [closed]

I'm going to build this structure as is. This question is not the same as my earlier post as I am not seeking any more design advice as in the previous. I will not make any more changes to it. My ...
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How much weight can a 2 by 4 support in this configuration?

I'm using dimensional lumber ( whitewood ) from Home Depot. https://www.homedepot.com/b/Lumber-Composites-Dimensional-Lumber/N-5yc1vZc3tc It is just a 4 foot by 8 foot rectangle with a center ...
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How to transfer lumber cut with odd angles

I am interested in learning this craftsmanship /technique: Look like the piece of lumber in between has perfect cut to match the angles. How did they transfer the cut dimension? Is there a tool for ...
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Will a horizontal 2x4 support my body weight?

I want to use a framed doorway to do chinups but I'd hate to come crashing down to the floor on my tail bone. This doorway is framed but not drywalled. I realize there are a lot of factors but not ...
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How to weather protect plywood fence?

My handyman guy used the wrong lumber to make this fence gate. It just regular plywood used for subfloor: It's too late now to take it down. But it looks OK so I want to see if there is a way to ...
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Substituting lumber sizes for ground contact bridge sill and ease of handling for one person

I'm building a small bridge over a creek on my property and using some forest service plans which recommend 8x8 ground contact lumber kept in place by earth anchors for the sills that the bridge ...
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