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Are these internal walls load bearing? [duplicate]

Can someone please help acertain whether the walls highlighted in red are load bearing? One of them feels quite solid when I am knocking on it but I am not sure how to tell. The one highlighted in ...
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Is this structural damage? [closed]

Photo of wall Just wondering if I should be concerned here. My home is still under the 10 year structural warranty. The builder came out took photos and sent it to an engineer who said it’s fine. Can ...
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Inadequate beam support

a bit of an urgent matter for us, appreciate any help. Our inspected noted inadequate beam support on the main support beam (pictured). The beam seemed to have shifted. Our inspector says we can ...
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Rafters pulling apart from center support

Some of the rafters are coming apart in my attic. What is the best way for me to resolve this issue? Please note that a new roof was just put on over the problem. The roofer assured me that he would ...
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Can I compromise structural integrity of my house when digging next to foundation?

For context: Talking about at 1920 stucco/lath+plaster house on raised perimeter foundation in the Bay Area. I know that in modern construction the stucco would never go all the way down, there would ...
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Support post in basement for sagging main level floor

The floor on my main level is sagging and I want to add a post in the basement to correct. The main level floor beam with the sag (shown in red) consists of a 4x12 sistered to a 2x12 and is currently ...
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Drilled 3/4" hole through shortened stud above door, is that an issue? [duplicate]

I wanted to add a junction box on the outside of my garage and started drilling a hole from the outside. For aesthetic reasons I chose to drill above a door (centered horizontally with the door). I ...
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Why are boards like 2x4's orientated longer-side vertical when used as braces for free-standing shelves?

Most shelves and workbenches I see all have the same orientation for their horizontal boards (as in, the braces for a shelf or the edges of a workbench, holding up plywood or other horizontal surface)....
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retaining wall calculation and estimation

I have a 17" thick retaining wall which is leaning. I measured 3 points today: 33" high, 6 degree leaning, outward offset top to bottom 3.5", abbuted to lawn, no load bearing; 36" ...
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How to know if timbers supporting floor need work?

Pictured is the ceiling beneath our first floor (second floor US). It's an old stone farmhouse, and there's no telling how long those supporting beams have been there (it could be 150 years or more). ...
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What should go under my stone house foundation?

After diggers have cleared out the rock around my back wall, I can see that in some spots the foundation appears to have gaps underneath. I assume if I kept digging it would eventually hit rock again....
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How to fix a bump over central main beam and level floor?

I reside in a 1950s-era bungalow. In its basement lies a wood beam, connecting and upholding the joists (2x10) through a 2x4 ledger that's been nailed in place. The structural walls on the main floor ...
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1/2 cup of brick sediment that comes down during rains - is that a big issue?

I have one spot in my basement where I opened up my ceiling and have noticed what looks like a 1/2 cup of brick or mortar sediment powder coming down from the front part of my brick house on every ...
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Shed 20x16 first time building [duplicate]

I’m planning on building a 20x16 shed. I’m thinking on buying 12in x 48in Quikcrete tubes and placing 6x6x20 treated lumber on top. Will this work?
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What would be some reasons to add a post under a structural beam if its not need?

We're planning to remove partition walls that houses our through and through fireplace. We have had the structural engineer provide stamped document regarding the structure which they indicated is not ...
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Can I hang a swing from manufactured "I" joists made of wood?

This is a picture of my ceiling. I would like to hang a swing that will hold an adult. I'm not constricted for space, so I could attach directly to one of the 2x2's
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Is this efflorescence on these brick pillars? And is this a sign of water intrusion into the pillars?

There are brick pillars under a bedroom that overhangs. On the brick pillars are some white stuff that I would assume is efflorescence but the patterns are a little weird to me. If that is what it is ...
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How to modify/remove stud wall bracing for doorway

The project I am attempting to bump out a pantry into my garage over my basement stairwell. Including appropriate clearance for the stairway, I will have an approximately 4x3 finished space on a floor ...
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Barn reinforcement [closed]

I have an old barn that was resting on a stone foundation that was in rough shape. The foundation was only about 3-4 feet tall but it was starting to deteriorate. The barn is 24x26 and has two stories....
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Drill hole through beam support wood

The photos below shows a wood "support block" in my basement, supporting a vertical load bearing beam above. The second photo shows the support beam in the upper level. The support block is ...
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Is it a problem that a door installer cut out most of the trimmer studs?

My contractor cut the stud around the rough opening very aggressively to squeeze a wider door in, and I wonder how bad the damage is to the structure and what the consequences are. Here are the ...
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What thickness OSB is needed to back a niche (unsupported)?

I have a wall opening that is 43" wide by 51" tall. I want to close it with drywall on either side (front and back). The other side is inset into the wall such that there won't be any stud ...
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How can we determine if these half walls and posts are load bearing? [duplicate]

We would like to remove the 2 half walls and posts to open up the room. We opened up the posts and it’s just two 2x4s that are nailed together and drywalled. Would it be safe to assume those are not ...
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Splits in Wood On New Header - natural or need to reinforce?

We had a contractor add a new header beam in a load bearing wall where we opened up the space to add a closet. This was installed new about 2-3 months ago and just noticed a fair amount of horizontal ...
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Double or triple 2x8 header over exterior door in brick foundation

I have an exterior door in my 1940s era home that is not installed particularly well. The door opening has 3 joists that are over it and all of them have been sitting on only 1 horizontal 2x8. I found ...
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Can I remove this Load bearing wall? [closed]

I wanted to find out if I can remove this wall?
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Is it okay to notch 1.5" on the bottom of beams in basement ceiling [duplicate]

I have a 100 year old city rowhouse and thinking to finish the basement. I have cleared all the dangling electric cables and rerouted the water lines the attached to the ceiling beams. All I have ...
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Is a main beam being held on by an angle iron a safe construction?

Some background: previous owners poured a new foundation and moved the house over to the new basement about 14 year ago. I've been in the house about 8 years and just noticed today while starting to ...
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What are the concerns of a load-bearing interior wall being far out of plumb

I have a two-story home built in the mid-1970s. In the process of replacing a door upstairs several years ago, I realized how far out of plumb the upstairs interior wall is. Over the 79" from ...
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Wood behind drywall near water shut off

Some time in-between our inspection and closing, some idiot decided to drywall over the water shut off. Annoying, but I thought I'd just cut a hole and install an access panel. Only problem is, when I ...
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Will the weight of vinyl plank flooring cause any issues in my 2nd floor condo? [closed]

I recently purchased a condo that is on the 2nd floor and it had very ugly tile. Instead of pulling I decided that I would float the vinyl planks over the top of the tile. There was a few minor dips ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

I have gutted my bathroom down to the studs, and I want to put a shower mixing valve directly where the red X is. The problem is that board outlined in red is load bearing for the staircase landing ...
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Can an MDF platform support washing machine load at corners?

Can I use 3/4" MDF platform that is 27" x 27" as an intermediate base platform between a washing machine that will be grounded to the MDF platform at the 4 corners by the leveling legs. ...
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What are these horizontal boards screwed to my garage wall studs?

I've decided to do insulation in my garage and am confused by these random seeming 2x4s that are screwed to one wall. Any structural reason they are just in that spot? Two car garage, and on the wall ...
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Is it safe to remove screws from a 4x4 support beam without compromising it?

We have a home with a basement which has one room containing a 4x4 beam in the ceiling. Yesterday I screwed more than ten 2" #6 and 3-1/2" #10 screws into the beam for a project I was ...
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How can I temporarily protect party walls exposed to elements?

We're in old townhomes/rowhouses made with balloon construction so the side structures butt up against each other so with their walls demoed out you can seem my insulation and whatnot. Due to the ...
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Shallow joist sit on the sill plate

I noticed several joists sit < 1/2 inch on the sill plate. Is it dangerous? What should I do to enforce them.
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How can I span a 25ft beam?

I'm planning to build a detached patio cover over an existing 24'x30' slab. I want to cover half of the slab and intend to pour new footings directly outside the existing slab. If possible I would ...
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Im going to be building 20x20 carport off of my Garage and wondering how far i have to dig for the 4x4 posts and will fill with concrete?

For building off of my garage I'm going to build a 20x20 carport for winter. I will enclose building the walls during winter. My questions are is how far down do I gave to dig for the 4x4 posts, how ...
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What should I do about a gap over a header due to short trimmer studs?

I found a doorway in a load bearing wall that was widened to a 6' opening without adding a header. The studs were just cut and trim added around the edges. I narrowed the opening to 5' and added a ...
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House shakes subtly every so often [closed]

my house shakes subtly every so often, and it doesnt seem like there is any rhyme or reason to it. We dont live close to public transportation, theres never an earthquake reported in the area, and as ...
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ground deck structure

We are building an ipe wood deck in our patio - on the ground. The landscaper had originally said he'd use 4x6 pressure-treated pieces, long side up - so 6" high, to create at least 6" ...
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Question the structure weight capacity

previous owner built an attic above the garage w/ a ladder plus shelves on all walls. heaviest items in attic is a container (L24xW16xH12) <20lbs. side wall is holding drums evenly dispersed. ...
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How do I repair this joist? [duplicate]

Previous homeowner cut a big notch into a joist in the basement to vent a gas water heater. I had the water heater replaced with electric, and now I want to fix the joist. (Photo below, with annotated ...
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Can I mount a light fixture on an electrical outlet box? [duplicate]

I have a backyard with no light but we do have an outdoor outlet. I would like to know if I can mount a light fixture using the electrical outlet box. The mounting plate comes with the light fixture, ...
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Is the front closet wall load bearing? [duplicate]

Closet in question we are trying to remove for a custom closet. Not sure if this wall is load bearing. House is a town house and the back wall of the closet is a shared wall. Wall to the right is an ...
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Is this wall load bearing? Was removed 1.5 years ago [duplicate]

Trying to see if this wall is load bearing. On the left, the wall went all the way up to the ceiling but the beam was not connected to any joist/beams in the attic. Also have vaulted ceilings but it ...
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Trying to see if wall I removed 1.5 years ago was load bearing [duplicate]

We bought a house awhile back and removed a wall we think was there to divide the kitchen from the dining room. We wanted a more open concept. Just want some assurance the wall was not load bearing. ...
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Tips for installing jack post below joist

I'm looking for some tips installing a jack post. For some background, I recently purchased a house. The previous owners covered a lot of issue and ended up with a terrible home inspector which didn't ...
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Dirt mound in center of crawl space - Why?

There is a dirt mound towards the center of my crawl space area, and it drops of towards the foundation wall. Is this common, and what is the reason for it? My thoughts are possibly for flooding ...
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