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Weight Bearing Walls on Plans

Can anyone confirm/reassure I am reading these plans correctly. No weight bearing walls in area of question. I would really appreciate any input, including if plans are not enough and physical ...
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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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What is the correct tuck pointing mortar ratio for a 1907, St louis brick main support column in basement. Lime? Portland? Sand? Water? [duplicate]

The owner believes the bricks are softer bricks due to the age of the house. All the research i have done say's after 1900 most houses in this area used Portland cement, lime, and a sand mix. I just ...
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Should I replace, repair, or leave this OSB?

Removed some drywall next to the garage door opening and found a couple of large holes in the OSB. Water main enters the wall on the other side of the lower hole and it looks like some water pipes ...
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Slanted Stairs Structural Issue?

First post, I'm interested in purchasing a house but the one hold up for me is a set of stairs going to the third floor of the house. They are noticeably slanted and I'm concerned that it could be a ...
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Why is it sufficient to shore up a ceiling on 1 side of load bearing wall?

I'm looking up information about temporarily supporting a ceiling to make an opening in an interior load bearing wall. Wooden stud and joist framed house. For the most part, the materials that I'm ...
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How Do I Frame an Opening in My Bathroom Floor

I am fixing termite eaten and improperly spaced joists in my home. I need to create space for the bathtub drain fixtures, which are currently riding right up on a joist that runs under the bathtub, ...
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How can I jack up a header for replacement?

I am trying to replace the header of a load bearing wall above some pocket doors. I have already done the header over the other set of doors on the other end of the room with no issues. However, when ...
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Is running a porch column all the way to ground footer instead of using posts underneath a bad idea?

My current porch is like this The columns are rotting and the deck was poorly built, posts aren't directly under columns and most are just on dirt. I intend on doing a rebuild. With the columns I was ...
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Can I create two or three more cutouts in my 6' Load Bearing Knee wall to build a closet System

I have a 1927 Tudor. The second floor owners bedroom has a 17 foot long knee wall that is clearly load bearing (holds up the rafters). It has two doors in it currently that open into the pretty large ...
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How can I get some idea of how much a cracked foundation would cost to fix? [closed]

I can't get a structural engineer to evaluate this because the housing market is too active here. Does this sort of thing seem fixable? Am I looking at like $50k to fix something like this? The house ...
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Is this a load bearing column?

I’m trying to determine if a column in my house is load bearing. It’s at the corner of 2 pony walls and if it isn’t we might take out the column and the pony wall. There’s an extension of the 2nd ...
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Header required for 2' wide window on 1st of 3 stories?

The walkout basement has 2x6 walls, 9' tall with double top plate, and there are 2 floors above it. There is an 11' wide steel header above a large, folding patio door on the exterior wall in question....
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Accidentally drilled partially through the top of a 3 2x10 beam - what now?

I was drilling a 1 3/8 hole through the bottom plate of a 2x4 wall in order to run a 1 inch conduit from that wall into the crawlspace for a media cabinet. I realized after a certain depth when the ...
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Is it safe to remove wall framing around washer/dryer closet?

We bought a 100+ year old shotgun style home (single level) about a year ago that has had several frankenstein like additions made to it which is pretty typical for the area we are in. One of the ...
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Building a supporting structure for a 600L (160 gallon) aquarium

I have acquired a used 600L (160 gallon) glass aquarium. Leak test has been a success. Now I need to build a supporting structure to keep it lifted from the ground. Conceivably, it will weight less ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

I’m fairly new to DIY home improvement. Are these arrowed parts structural support? I’m looking to vault the ceiling below but I’m not sure if I need to involve an engineer.
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How should I enlarge 2 holes in the top plate of a lally column to match beam holes. The four holes were incorrectly measured. See Photo

GC removed rusted lally column, but they screwed up and only 2 holes aligned enough to bolt. Remaining 2 holes have to be drilled out to align with my beam that holds up the house. Told GC not to ...
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Adding storage above garage ceiling

I'd like to add some storage space in the ceiling of the garage. It looks like someone got a start on it already. There looks like a 16 foot 2x4 nailed into the top of the wall on both sides with one ...
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Roof Structural Issues

We are in the process of buying a house and our inspection report came back with some separation in the trusses of the roof on one side of the home. I don't anything about roofs. Can someone provide ...
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