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

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Support beam for basement ceiling [closed]

What size would you be suggesting, and wood or metal? I have hired 2 different structural engineers and have been given two completely different suggestions. The 1st engineer suggested a wood beam 18”...
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Unprotected embankment? [closed]

I am studying my first building custruction course and I got the an example house plan from the instructor and there is mention unprotected embankment here 640.25 .I couldn't understand what is meant ...
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How to have skylight windows without turning the house into a cooker

My kitchen and dining room area has slanted sunward-facing skylight windows. It's great that it makes the space feel so huge, open, and bright, but during the summer it turns the whole house into an ...
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Understanding Framing of Tall Interior Walls

The "great room" in our hom has one wall that is essentially two stories, above which is just the attic and framing for the roof. This wall is ~16ft tall and ~20ft long. It is the interior ...
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What considerations should I make when demolishing a driveway?

I have a really long concrete driveway, and we'd like to turn the back half of it into part of the backyard. From this: To this: I'm hiring a demolition contractor for this task, but I'd like to ask ...
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Is this a shear wall?

I want to remove these two wall faces at the corner here to open up the room & fireplace a bit. I cut a hole in the drywall and found OSB behind it, so now I'm concerned if this is a shear wall or ...
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Identifying a load bearing wall in an a-frame?

I want two remove two walls on the second floor a-frame that run perpendicular to the roofline. Some things I've noted: The sliding door when closed blocks the middle point / ridgeline The floor ...
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Is it safe to screw into a single support beam holding up an entire house?

I have a (roughly 40 year old) house with a crawlspace, and then an upstairs above it - I believe this considered a 1.5 storey house. The upstairs is being held up by a long wooden support beam, and ...
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Multiple split/cracked floor joists and header joist

Home built in 1975. Moved in a year ago. I’ve been hearing very loud cracking sounds periodically a night, and also sometimes when walking around the main floor. I went down to my basement to look at ...
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Type of beam to use as a header

We're building a new duck coop so I've been playing around with some ideas. Here's my current design: The wooden beams are 8x8" beams that are 8 feet tall. They'll be anchored into the ...
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Joist was blown out when waste stack was installed in 1952

Above is the joist bay in my bathroom, damaged horribly by the install of the waste stack way in 1952. We’re in here working on the toilet and would like to improve the conditions before closing it ...
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Replacing walkout basement concrete wall with wood framing

I’m trying to solve two problems with a 1000 sq ft brick each style house with a walk out basement. The back basement wall is concrete and has a sliding door on the walkout. In order to add a couple ...
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Beam size and placement for a balcony with supportive brackets? [closed]

I need to build a small timber (spruce) balcony that relies on support brackets. Beam strength calculations cause me a lot of confusion and inconfidence. So my question is, how thick should the ...
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How can I build a pavilion without knee braces?

I am interested in building a 16'x14' pavilion in my backyard and I am just starting the research and design process. I'm interested in a modern-looking pavilion. I'm also interested in not having ...
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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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Unknown ceiling/roof beam installed in old renovation

This house has a shallow (approx ~15°) gable roof, and raked interior ceilings to match. In past renovations, a large horizontal beam was installed which runs the entire length of the house, on the ...
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

I am trying to figure out if my plans for a computer desk setup would work. What I want to do is build a backboard that would be attached only to my desk and have it support 3 monitors (<16KG) ...
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trimming height of Masonite door

I have acquired a Masonite barn door, without hardware (the rail and roller wheels). It is 84" tall, but the place where I need to install it has an obstruction (on the wall where the door ...
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Total max weight hung on single stud

I'd like to hang a gas central heating vertical radiator on a single timber stud behind a thin plasterboard wall. The stud is 38mm wide (actual size) and (presumably, difficult to measure) around 75mm ...
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Hiding load bearing support inside wall

My master bedroom has a support column from a load bearing beam that sticks out a foot in the center of my bedroom. It was added because of an addition to the house. It’s been an eyesore so I’m ...
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Need help evaluating damage to pergola post

I have a 10-year-old cedar pergola (see picture) and I just discovered some moisture and carpenter ant damage in the base of posts. The damage had been hidden beneath decorative base caps. I scraped ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete under the tile

I'm running 6 feet of electrical wire from the wall to kitchen island and going to do it this way: make a trench around 1 inch in depth put 1/2 inch flexible conduit there cover conduit with about 1/...
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Changing roof truss diagonal to vertical

I've got a roof with a few diagonal trusses like the blue one in this diagramme: I want to remove the BLUE truss and replace it with the RED truss, because we're adding some loft storage and ...
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Centering my bed on a 12" post protruding from a wall

I want to place my bed where the column is protruding from the wall in the center of the room. The post was installed by the previous owner during expansion. I hired a structural engineer to have this ...
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Will a 6x10 glue-lam be suitable to replace a 4x10 porch beam with one fewer post?

I have a 12x15 covered patio. The builder used a 4x10-16 beam supported by three 4x4 posts. Due to some rot issues I need to replace the beam and would like to eliminate the center post. Would a 6x10-...
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Strength of a 2 x 6 when 5.5" long hole is drilled through middle of the 1.5" face?

I haven't been able to find any information about the strength of a 2 x 6 acting as a joist or rafter when there are holes drilled through it in the middle of the 1.5" dimension, straight through ...
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Beam Span and Size for Pool House

I am building a simple pool house with a large overhang roof. Main issue I have is figuring out what beam size and span I need to support the roof properly. Key Features: Total Roof width: 29ft ...
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Software to capture current home structure and content?

Twenty+ years ago while planning a home renovation, a designer provided software that allowed me to take interior and exterior photos, import them, dimension them, then assign/map them to walls/floors/...
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What's the name of a heavy duty square cap plate I can order from home depot to support a temporary lally column on a bottle jack

I'm thinking of using a 4x4 and a bottle jack to lift a loose joist in my basement and wondering what I should use as a top plate on top of the bottle jack and between the 4x4. Thinking a small piece ...
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Resources for extreme DIY'er to build brick garage

I'm an experienced DIY'er here in the upper midwest of the United States and was planning on building my own stick built 16x24 foot detached garage this fall 2021 or spring 2022. As we all know, the ...
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Could I cut out the affected area in a termite damaged joist or would I need to replace the whole joist if it's rotted at the end

So I have a 2x10 floor joist that's only about 5 feet long (short because it only spans a rounded part of my house) which has termite damage at one end for about 1.5 feet. The damage is on the ...
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HELP: Supporting Vaulted Ceiling Mid-Beam

I'm working on calculating beam sizing to support one end of a mid-beam for a vaulted ceiling. The room is 16x20, with 4x10 beams spanning the 20' distance (48" O.C.). There is a mid-beam in ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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structure for DIY float tank

I have built float tanks before with wood and fibreglass. Now I'm living in another country and want to have a tank again, the option I want to build is like the zen float tank. So I want to know if ...
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Okay that TV wobbles when articulating wall mount is extended?

I have a TV securely (lag screws into studs) mounted to the wall with an extending/articulating wall mount. We don't move it around, the TV remains in fixed position, about 20" away from the wall....
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Need advice with the removal of the soleplate

WARNING: I know nothing about building houses. So feel free to teach me a thing or two. We are removing the bathroom so that will an open space as part of the living room. In red: -> Sole plate ...
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Can you lay bricks up right

When I look at pretty much every building, bricks are laid "flat" or horizontally - this is where the longest part is typically adjacent to the ground. I am aware, this is not a 100% rule, ...
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Loading Bearing Studs issue

I have some questions/concerns about my load bearing studs/wall in my basement stairs. My house is just 3 years old house and no modification done yet to any load bearing wall yet. You can see the pic ...
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Steel H Beam Needed For Outdoor Deck

Question: What size H Beams are needed? Background: I’m building a deck over our walkout basement. The basement is only 7’ tall, so the deck beams need to be as short as possible with the fewest ...
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Gluing Post Base To Concrete

I recently found out that one of the posts which support my roof is free to move around. The post bracket had rusted out and came out. Is there any way I can glue a post bracket to the concrete using ...
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Carport structural question

I'm planning on building a wooden carport with a lean-to, single slope roof for one car. The approximate dimensions 3.5 meters or 11.5 feet wide x 5 meter or 16.5 feet long. The question is, if I ...
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How to examine if there is termite damage in a ceiling or floor using a boroscope

Just treated for termites as they were coming up through the floorboards by the back door, and I wanted to check the existing wood since I've noticed some sagging floorboards. I can cut into the ...
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Safe to mount curtain rod to support beam?

I'm hoping to mount two curtain rods to span a distance of about 14' so I can partition a portion of my finished basement and make it easier to heat. There is a single wooden support beam running the ...
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Installing Ladder in Historic Brick Garage

Just bought an old home with a detached 1905 brick garage w/ loft. Currently, the only way to access the space is by pulling out a ladder and climbing through a 16" opening at the end. I'd like ...
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How to build up height of concrete wall to use as beam support for deck

I have two concrete walls on either side of a proposed deck area. In the middle of the span I have some concrete columns that will support a beam for a deck. My proposed deck design has 2x12s ...
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Sizing a beam for small cabin

I'm in the planning stage of a cabin with a ~16'x16' footprint and I'm spec'ing out some of the structural elements. Looking for some second opinions or thoughts. It's going to be a single-story with ...
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Extending Framing Studs From 8' to 9'

Well, I feel about as dumb as I possibly can right now, but I measured the ceiling height from the wrong point and purchased studs thinking the basement had an 8 foot ceiling, only to realize ...
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Roof truss with Odd 2x4 T-Shaped Reinforcement. Why is that there?

We needed to replace the air conditioning evaporator coil and air handling element. In this house the cooling element is located inside the attic of the house. And up in the attic space is really ...
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Is this drywall cracking a structural problem?

I have a multifloor condo, with garage first floor, living space second floor, bedrooms third floor. At the corner stairs from second floor to first floor, the drywall is cracking (and seems to be ...
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Replacement supports, removing old partial walls

My old kitchen used to be divided into two rooms with a wall separating the rooms. At some point, most of wall was removed, however, they kept some portions extending out. east wall - extension comes ...

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