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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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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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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 ...
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How to repair a beam of structured 2x10s

My house has a beam of 5 sistered 2x10s that are uneven. The beam has joists resting on top of it to support the floor, and joist hangers on one side to support a lowered room. Many of the members ...
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Structural impact of removing windows from formally exterior wall

Our 1950s ranch on slab was added on to some time in the 1990s. A wall of rectangular windows that used to be a perimeter/outer wall, is now an interior wall. Surely it's structural, but are the ...
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Split/broken rafters a concern?

I'm buying a home and had a building inspection yesterday. The only major defect the inspector found was two split/broken rafters inside the roof. Can anyone tell me if these are a major conern? ...
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Are these integrated diagonal wall braces structurally important?

I was helping a friend expand the width of a closet door, and when we pulled the drywall off the interior wall frame, we noticed some 45-degree wall braces in the interior wall. I am pretty sure ...
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Saggy around sistered floor joist, how to fix?

Our house has a single floor joist that has been sistered running down the center of the kitchen. Sounds great except for the part where all the other floor joists have sagged a little bit and now ...
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Building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' is too narrow

In building an elevated deck over 6x6x6 posts, a beam made of 3 pressure treated 2x8x16' (where the beams are attached to each other with FastenMaster ThruLoks) is too narrow (~5" versus 6" expected) ...
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2x4 trusses and 5/8 drywall ceiling

Here's what I have; 50 year old construction. 2x4 trusses, spaced 22" centers (2nd floor). Running 28ft in length with a beam in the middle (14ft). For my ceiling I have nailed up 1" blueboard (Hard ...
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Lintel plate support for thick brick wall for window

I need to poke a window in a thick brick wall in a basement carrying the rest of the also brick house above it (2 floors above + roof). The basement wall is 3 bricks thick, each brick 4" wide plus ...
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Determine load bearing wall

I recently purchased a small home in a very rural area (in other words, no original blue prints at the recorder of deeds). The home is sitting on a concrete slab and is a single level. I have ...
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Load bearing wall or not?

I have a 10ft wall that spans only a third of the width of the house but is perpendicular to the 20' long 2x10s below it. One end of the wall could transfer load to the foundational wall but the rest ...
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How can I support drywall with a steel post on an outside corner?

I have a steel support post right on the corner of a wall, which protrudes on one wall about 1/4". I am getting ready to look at drywall and wondering is there any other option than to build around ...
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Can hanging a 70 lbs punching bag from my garage ceiling cause damage?

Took a look in the attic above the garage to find somewhere to hang my 70 lbs punching bag. After seeing what was up there, I wasn't sure it was a good idea anymore so I was hoping to get some ...
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Replace steel suppost post with wood

We moved into a new build house with an un-finished basement. I am going to start finishing/framing the basement and 4 steel support posts that run down the center holding the beam. The main beam is 2 ...
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What is the point of this doorway “header”, and can I simply remove it?

We're remodeling a room with a severely undersized doorway - it is much shorter than the standard 6'8", so much so that I hit my head on the jamb if I don't duck when walking through it. After ...
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Removing diagonal truss brace?

Looking to put insulation, plasterboards on the garage ceiling and some down lighters, Not a massive amount of heavy stuff is currently stored there (primarily boxes etc). There are 5 joists, joist ...
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How can I safely reinforce my garage trusses to support ceiling drywall and insulation?

Recently bought a home that came with a double detached garage. The garage is older, perhaps from the 70s? It uses what looks like an early adoption of a truss framed roof. The trusses look like they ...
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Diagonal brace left in the basement by builder. Can I remove it? Replace it?

I have a diagonal brace running across an interior wall in the basement, and it even goes partially into the floor concrete. Is this meant to be permanent, or was it supposed to be removed during ...
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How to learn house construction? [closed]

I want to learn house construction engineering in very cold climate (Sweden), wooden and brick. It should cover the following questions (you don't need to answer it): How the roof, walls and ground ...
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Can I make an interior wall thinner to accommodate a larger W/D?

We live in a condo are looking to expand our laundry W/D space by a few inches so we can upgrade to a standard machine (27" wide). We only need about 2-3 inches to accommodate a larger machine. The W/...
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Span between wood post for stilt cabin

I intend to build on Weiss Lake in AL. If I use 8x8 posts, can I span 10 ft with 2x10 or should it be 2x12 for the floor joists? Also was wondering for the foundation can I just sink the wood post or ...
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2x4’s embeded in the foundation wall

A home is going up right next door, and I noticed that the foundation walls have 2x4’s embedded in them. Won’t that cause the concrete to crack when the wood gets wet?
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