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Questions about the structure of a building (i.e. moving, adding or repairing walls).

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Temporary supporting rafters in the middle for beam installation

I am intending to remove a load bearing wall that lies between the old perimeter of the house and the new extension. It is holding the extremities of the old roof rafters as well as a wall holding ...
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Is adhesive to sister a pressure treated deck joist necessary, and if so what kind?

My deck has a cantilever of about 4 feet from the girder to where the stairs attach, and the stairs tend to have a bit of a spring in them when you walk up. I want to solidify it a bit by sistering ...
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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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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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Open load bearing wall

There's a wall in my house that I'd like to open to widen a room. The beam (a single 6x10 of hard wood) above is sitting on the concrete foundation at each extremity of the house (10in wide concrete) ...
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Do these “rafter ties” tie anything together?

I've been wondering if I can open this ceiling up for a tall room. I've been reading that the ceiling joists are often also rafter ties so I went up there today to take a look. I can see a few are ...
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TV stand anchored to wood table

I would like to put a TV stand like this on the wood of a closet. The TV is 20 kg weight. The weight is relatively small, but as the support allows an arm extension up to 50 cm, that means an ...
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Supporting Ridge Beam Post with LVL?

I want to open this span (about 12') and planning to purchase 2 x 10" LVL's which will sit beneath the double top plate that is already there (so our beam will be 12.5" tall x 3.5" thick). There is ...
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Flitch plate vs LVL for sistering an engineered beam

here's the quick skinny: I'm looking to reduce the deflection on a 13' beam before doing tile work on the above floor. It's a 5" wide parallam and it's deflecting at least 1/4". it's bearing on triple ...
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Can you place a support header in the ceiling?

I am opening up a pass-through in my home and, ideally, the pass-through would open up all the way to the ceiling. It is a load bearing wall, so it will need a header. A contractor told me it is ...
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How to demo a partially structural chimney?

Just bought a new home and would like to remove its chimney. It was originally built on the outside of the home and they built a carport up around it. It looks like it may have sprung a leak, so the ...
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Closet Wall, is it Load Bearing?

Trying to figure out if the front wall of this pantry cabinet is load bearing. We'd like to remove the front of the pantry and install cabinets here instead of the closet, but unsure if we can pull ...
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Is a 12-in diameter tree stable enough to support a tree house?

I plan to build a tree house by bolting two (2) 2x6 on the side of this 12-in diameter tree: I don't know what tree it is and in the process of asking here: https://gardening.stackexchange.com/...
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What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame?

What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame? If one had to Re-engineer the Vertical Tubes/ Frame using Aluminum. What ...
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Looking for a part: I want to put a vertical hinge onto a standing pipe

I would like to attach some kind of pivoting hinge onto a 1/2" - 3/4" metal pipe (e.g. galvanized or cast-iron): Something almost like this but instead of bolting onto a flat surface, it clamps onto ...
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Are these drywall blisters normal settling, or is there something wrong?

My house is two-story wood frame construction, built in 1979, with an addition that was put on some time in the (I think late) 1980s. Recently I have noticed several blisters in the drywall, as shown ...
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Exterior wall framing - Safe to remove 2x4 that was part of soffit/bulkhead?

I've removed all the soffits in my kitchen, however, there is one 2x4 that I have left until I could consult someone more knowledgeable. I'm thinking the 2x4 was there just to hang the drywall ...
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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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2 x 6's stacked VS 6 x 8s?

The design for a retaining wall calls for pressure treated 8 x 8 posts, 6 feet on center and 6 feet below grade, with 6 x 8 pressure treated walls 4 feet in height. The retaining walls are a 26 foot x ...
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How much weight/many people can my rooftop deck hold? 2“x12”x20' joists, 16“ on center, 2”x4" framing under [closed]

How much weight/ How many people can my rooftop deck hold? The joists are 2"x12" over 20ft, 16" on center The framing under the deck is typical 2"x4" framing (living space), on a concrete ...
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The structural integrity of a backyard structure

I need a shed, but I really don't want to put a standard-looking shed. I would like something that's pleasing to the eye and fits my property. In addition, I thought it would be cool to have a second ...
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Cut Floor joists for HVAC

I own an old home, circa 1919. In the 70's, when the new furnace was installed, they cut through the floor joists to run the air ducts. Awesome. So in direct correlation to those cut joists, are ...
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Is my closet load bearing?

I want to remove the closets that are in the hallway off of my garage so I can install new cabinets for a mud-room. I want to make sure the closets are not load bearing before I remove. Here are some ...
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Interior wall construction - Is it possible for this to be load bearing?

I have a 2-story brick house built in 1940 with balloon construction. On the first floor, I have an interior wall between my kitchen and living room. I have done (I think) my homework, looked at the ...
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Sistering a damaged joist with 2 smaller pieces of wood

I am trying to repair some water damage below an ensuite shower on the upper floor of a house. The room is only 120cm wide and the wet rot damage is isolated to the joist directly below. The damage to ...
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Is the wall in this blue print able to be removed? (Blueprint in Spanish.)

I am looking at a home to purchase in Queretaro, MX where I have been transferred for five years. There is a two year old home in a great location for the right price but the rooms are really small. ...
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How much should I worry about this large crack in the foundation slab?

I recently bought a 3-story townhouse in northern Virginia. I pulled up the carpet on the bottom level (foundation is a slab on grade) and discovered a large crack running along the whole room and ...
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Pergola planning

I'm planning to build a relatively large wooden pergola of about 4 meters or 13 feet wide per 7.5 meters or 25 feet long. I'm not planning to add a roof or extra crazy load to it. On one end I'd ...
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Room on top of garage vibrates

My 31 year old house is close to a railroad, lived here for 19 years, I felt mild vibration each time train comes by especially at night. A few days ago I had opening of my 2 car garage door fixed, ...
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Temporarily moving 2 walls off of a slab

The very quick backstory is that in order to remain grandfathered to retain my current setbacks (i.e., too close to property line and alley), I must retain those 2 original walls of my garage. I ...
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Is this wall in my kitchen load bearing?

Sorry for another one of these questions but here goes: My house is a single story bungalow, built in 1976. I can't get hold of the blueprints because the city in which I live does not keep ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

Behind my house there is a very steep bank/slope that leads down to a decent-sized, slow moving creek about 10 - 12 ft wide. Unfortunately it meanders right behind my property at the base of this ...
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floor joists splitting at non-beam end

I'm looking for a good way to correct and arrest horizontal splitting of some floor joists where they rest on the top-plate below. The joists are 2"x8" (nominal), spaced 12" OC, and the ends away ...
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Full Structural Survey for Listed, Managed Building

I'm in the process of buying a flat which is set in the grounds of an 18th century hospital which, as such, is a listed development (under British legislation). The flats are managed by a Management ...
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How to cut floor joist for stairway headroom?

I live in an antique cape and we are having the stairs to the 2nd floor rebuilt so we will need more headroom. There is a floor joist that will need to be cut to make that possible. I'm trying to ...
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What are the requirements for a header for an open passageway through two rooms?

My question is for both load and non-load bearing walls. There used to be a hinged door between the kitchen and dining room, who knows when it was removed (I've been here a couple years). The door ...
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Hello All, I’m trying to take down the 3 walls - load bearing or not?

This is the attic - and I will post the 3 walls as well- this is 1 story.
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Leveling the sagging side of the home

I am buying a home and one part of the home is actually visibly sagging. While looking at the crawlspace, I've noticed that some work was done to support the home. It seems like there is no new ...
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Running wire through sole plate and joist at an angle

I am cutting a new outlet in the wall between my living room and dining room. Below is an unfinished garage with completely accessible joists where I can run wire. There are double joists directly ...
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Don't bore/notch in middle third of a joist… span or member?

Suppose I have a continuous joist supported somewhere in the middle. For ease let's say it's a 24 foot continuous joist, and there's a bearer right in the middle at the 12 foot mark. Here's a picture ...
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Righting a stone column that is tilting [closed]

I have concrete driveway piers with a stone facade and one of them is tilting like the leaning tower of Pisa. How can I right it and keep it stable?
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Load-Bearing Wall? Parallel to Joists, single story, but has attic supports [closed]

I've had multiple professionals look at this wall, and no one has been able to give me a clear answer (2 home inspectors, and 1 structural engineer). So I've come to the source of all truth, the ...
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Adding Collar Ties as Chase in 1930 Tudor

I'm planning out how to insulate and finish my attic without compromising ventilation. I'm zone 7, with a large, entirely floored attic. Roof is hard slate, original to 1930-built home. No current ...
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Fix wobbly storage shelf

I just built this storage rack for my basement out of 2x4s and plywood. It is relatively stable but does have some front to back wobble. More than I would like. Is there a way to increase the ...
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Holes drilled in parallam beam: is this a structural problem?

The electrician drilled 3/4” holes on PSL parallam beams. Both beams are is 4”x12”. The first beam measures 13’ft long and the holes are about 3’ft away from the end. The second beam measures 23’ft ...
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Does this truss have two or three bearing points?

Part of my roof is made from studio trusses as shown in the picture. I'm trying to determine if any of the load from these trusses is borne by the highlighted wall. The wall is built with 2x6s, but ...
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adding a room on an existing bottom floor

Can the top-plates be the regular double 2 by 4s when a room-addition is going up or does it have to be a heavy beam in all cases? I have not tried anything yet want to know first before attempting ...
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Can you post a 2nd floor joist beam directly to basement?

I have a house with a middle beam in the basement; all of the first floor joists lap on top of the beam. There's a bearing wall on top of the beam that goes 2/3 the length of the house. Most of the ...
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Should I be concerned with the condition of the bearing end for this lintel?

Having stripped back the wallpaper in our living room in preparation for a re-skim of plaster, we have discovered a door which we didn't know existed, right next to the door into the living room from ...
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Can these be support columns with these brackets

Is there any way these columns with the top and bottom brackets can be supporting columns. If I can't tell by the brackets, I will need to break into their drywall at places to see if it or another ...