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

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Are these walls load bearing

Looking to remove the closet and wall in this restroom. Already had a structural engineer look at it before I removed the drywall. He only checked the studs with a Franklin stud sensor and didn't go ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

I recently hired a framing crew to frame a new house. After it was done, I commissioned an independent review. The reviewer described some of the work as "shoddy," and pointed out a lot of gaps, ...
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10d nail gun or # 8 screws

I have to do a one side 8ftx6” slab repair on 6 lower chords on my trusses. I can use 10dx3 nails or #8x3 screws. Do you think it would be better to use nail gun or screws?. I understand nails have ...
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Replacing ceiling joists with rafter ties higher up on the rafters

I'm trying to help my grandfather plan for a remodel of his 1950s home. The original structure is 24x24' with 6" rafters spaced about 20" apart on a 6/12 roof. He'd like to be able to have a "vaulted ...
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Using sheathing as siding?

I'm building a rustic cabin this summer and looking to keep construction cheap and simple. Are there sheathing materials that can double as siding that folks would recommend? The cabin is small, 12'...
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Strengthening existing 2x4 joists to create a mini attic

Between the first and second floor of a friend's house he has about 4' of dead space that he wants me to help convert into storage (this is in San Francisco, so every square foot counts!). He got the ...
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How far out of square is too far?

What is a good margin of error on the diagonals for a 5x10 foot, square wood foundation? I have about 1/2" discrepancy on the diagonals. (for a shed).
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Can I Notch a Double 2x12 Floor Joist Down to 2x6 Size (5.5 inches) if I need a 2x8 (7.25) per My Local Span Table

I have a 12' span with a floor joist that is currently 2 2x12's. It was originally a 16'+ span with an attic opening that was 3' wide thus the reason for the double 2x12's. I'm installing an L ...
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How can I prevent post support brackets from creaking under foot traffic?

I (well, a contractor) added a new addition to my house, and the floor creaks when I walk on it. I crawled under the addition and identified the problem. On each footing, there is a steel bracket ...
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Adding a 24" closet door to interior shear wall

Does the wall in the image need additional support? I intend to put a 24" wide closet in a hallway. The Wall has a diagonal beam going across it. I believe the beam was put there for shear. Supporting ...
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Can I reuse the garage door rail when replacing the garage door opener?

I have a chain drive garage door opener. The sprocket on top of the garage door opener broke off so the chain isn't connected to the garage door opener anymore. I want to re-use the garage door rail ...
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Are these boards above my garage structural?

I started laying out some plywood for storage above my garage, and was wondering id these 2x8's can be removed to make a flatter space. I saw someone refer to them as "catwalks", though I can't find ...
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Can my house support a bathroom addition?

When I bought the house, it was a 4 bedroom, 1 bath rancher with basement laundry. We have since "converted" the smallest of the 4 bedrooms to an upstairs laundry, and took the closet out to ...
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Hang punching bag in finished basement

I have a 40lb punching bag that I want to hang for kids but I want to do this in a way that I can upsize the bag as needed. My basement is finished, and I'm ok with cutting out some ceiling drywall ...
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Is the wall load bearing?

I was hoping to open up my kitchen to living area and make an island where it the pantry and coat closet is. All I have are these floor plans. Is that wall structural? Thanks!
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What size should sistered joists be when repairing a cut joist?

I need to repair a cut joist in my kitchen floor. I was going to use a header and sister the joists on either side of it. Question: how do I know what thickness of a header I should use? What about ...
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Shortening Roof Rafters for Flat Roof Addition

I'm in the early stages of planning an addition which will involve extending a flat roof out from a sloped roof. Are there reference sources/videos/etc out there discussing approaches to shortening ...
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Remodel Planning - working with or fixing present issues

I own a house in the PacNW, and am starting to plan out a fairly extensive remodel. The house has issues, however, that I want to fix or work around, and I am trying to get an idea of how extensive ...
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Structural boards in attic?

I want remove the header to install floor to ceiling closet doors for our master bedroom. In the attic above the header three boards sit and run to the roof (see picture). Are these boards structural?
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What is the best way to hang a weight lifting pulley system in my detached garage?

I want to hang this pulley system in my garage (partially pictured above) and probably will be loading it up somewhere between 100-200 lbs of plate weights: https://www.spud-inc-straps.com/econo-...
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Remove support under the interior stairs

Hi I’m putting storage space under my interior stairs. The area I want to open up has a piece of timber right in the middle. I’m hoping some one can tell me if it can be removed? Pic1-Purple is the ...
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Do joists need to be attached to the beam they're resting on?

Installed a 2 x12 x10 header opening that supports the above floor joists. Wanted to know if the header needs to be toenailed to each joist resting on it?
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Please help - wonky post location on pergola - concerned with shearing and stability

So ever since my wife pushed me to move the post off square I've been searching online (periodically for about a month and I've never found someone dumb enough to have done this and had a tutorial or ...
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Fix attached laundry room roof framing

I have a laundry room attached to the back of the house (was done by previous owner). Recently I found a leak (due to some nail wrongly on the shingle exposed). But then when I "uncover" below the ...
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Is this gap at the base of my wall allowing water to enter?

My apartment is at the ground floor of a 4-floor building. Between the walls of the building and the ground, there is empty space: It is sufficiently wide to insert a palm, and from the outside, it ...
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Why were these load bearing walls not stacked?

I was making a model of a house to help design a renovation and in my measuring I discovered that the center load bearing wall on the first floor was not centered over the load bearing beam and ...
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Repairing a notched floor joist

Situation I was running some new gas pipe and I notched one floor joist and drilled a hole in another. I have now learned that this is not appropriate. This was in the forbidden zone of the middle 1/...
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Basement Renovation - Column Move?

I'm finishing a basement and I'd like to see if it's possible to move the ceiling jack post that holds the beam where the floor joists sit on. I currently have a 12 foot span between the cinder block ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

I need to cut a hole for a recessed medicine cabinet. This wall is at the end of the house. I only need to cut one stud to make a frame for the cabinet. Will this damage the integrity of the bearing ...
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Frame a jack stud without bottom plate?

I need to frame a small header in my kitchen exterior wall for a range hood exhaust because the 8" hole is dead center on a stud (of course). It's a 2 story 1941 house with 2x4s 16 on center. The ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Should I replace a carport post as it was originally built or with an upgraded column?

I’ve got a 60s era carport with a rotted post. It’s a low slope cantilevered roof about 20 feet long. It has two posts on each corner at the front, and the back is supported by the house. The rotted ...
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Can you install a steel beam in timber posts?

I'm planning to remove a load bearing wall and place a 4500 beam. Steel is stronger than timber and I should be able to use a thinner steel beam than a timber beam. Does this make sense and how do I ...
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Any chance a studded wall is a supporting wall?

I'm taking out a wall between two bedrooms to make it into one. This is a studded wall that was the back of the closet in one of the bedrooms and the wall in the other. This is underneath a flat roof ...
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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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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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