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

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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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Lawn Shed Over Asphalt, BUT Using 4x4 Foundational Posts Buried With Concrete To Secure To Ground

I have REALLY old asphalt along the side of the house, like 30+ years old. It doesn't appear to have any sinking or cracking and has held up better than 15+ year old asphalt my dad had poured ...
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Can these posts be removed to open up this staircase railing?will I have to reinforce this beam? If so how would I do that?

I noticed the showhome of our model had a basement renovated with an open staircase and I'm wondering how simple it would be to do this in our home. I've attached a photo of what it looks like in the ...
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TV mount in plaster wall with no studs

Is it possible to mount a 65in tv on a 1.5in thick plaster wall over a fireplace? there are no studs, and about a 3in air space before its solid again. probably insde brick chimney wall. i never use ...
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Steel I-beam, Steel post, framing question

My basement was a coverup job. I won't go into what all was wrong with it, Long story short, we are fixing it all little by little. I'm trying to add a entertainment room. I've had the waterproofing ...
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What to use for 16ft span, max 1500 lbs

Greatly appreciate if anyone out there would have an idea what to use to support a lift in the center of a 16 ft span, and have a 1500 lbs max load? Thinking of maybe three stacked 2x8x16s??
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Hanging Punchbag in Cabin - Structural

I have a cabin at the bottom of my garden (photos attached) and am thinking about hanging a punchbag from the roof beams. I absolutely do not want the structural integrity of my cabin compromised but ...
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Can I drill diagonally through the top of my beam?

Remodeling our kitchen (and putting it on YouTube so want to make sure I'm right). I need to run 2 new circuits in our kitchen on a half wall so I can't run them down. Basement is open but the bottom ...
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Did I harm the integrity of my house trying to run a wire?

I wanted to run a CAT6 cable simply from a first floor room to the second floor room directly above it. I drilled through the bottom plate in the wall on the 2nd floor as shown. I first used a 1/2 in ...
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Cracked Ceiling Joist

I am installing new cabinets, and when I removed the kitchen soffit, I saw one joist with a horizontal crack that goes all the way through the joist and travels about 8 inches down the length from the ...
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Identify if this is a load bearing wall from the blue print

We are exploring the remodeling of our kitchen, and wondering if this wall between living room and kitchen is load bearing ? I have attached the blue print and photo. Are there any indications in the ...
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How to get electrical from the side of a beam into a wall under it without crown moulding?

I'm partially finishing an unfinished basement, and part of that involves installing a wall. I put the wall in the 'natural' place right under the central beam supporting the middle of the house, ...
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What size LVL beam to replace 17 foot load bearing wall (marriage wall) on first floor of two story colonial modular home

We are currently in the process of opening up the space between the living room and family room on the first floor. The house is a 2 story, 2600 square foot colonial modular house. The wall we would ...
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Installing new basement post to support first floor post

I am opening a first floor load bearing wall 15 feet wide . This wall sits one foot off from the basement center steel beam, with 2x10 joists 16" on center. The engineer has specified the first ...
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House shakes violently at least once a day

Summary: Our house shakes and sways for an instant almost every day (it feels like a car just ran into it) and we're worried it may one day collapse. Any suggestions as to what it could be? How to ...
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Filling first concrete floor with Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) brick to 3 feet height is good?

First concrete floor is with 500 sq.ft. area. Out of this, 200 sq.ft. is in projected form for about 3 feet height. So, we are planning to fill in with AAC blocks up to 3 feet height for the rest of ...
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Can I replace two 2x4 jack studs with a steel bracket attached to side of adjacent 6x6 king stud?

As part of my kitchen remodel, I want to move my refrigerator into a closet. In order for the refrigerator to fit width-wise, I need to remove two jack studs on one side of the closet that are ...
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What’s the ideal overhang for a 26’ LVL beam?

We just installed 3 LVLs (3) x 1 3/4x 24” x 25’ . Can someone recommend the ideal overhang on the posts for a beam this long? The engineer recommended 8’’ hang on the post on each side, but my ...
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Can I make hole above a lintel for a flue

I'm doing some work on a flat and want to move the boiler higher up than it is. That means putting a flue above the window. The problem is I'm the second to top floor flat. As you can see from the ...

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