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

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Safe to remove entry stairwall?

We have a split entry that is minuscule with stairs heading either up or down and a tiny landing. I would like to remove the wall separating the up from the downstairs (it may be the only wall that ...
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Should I move this support post in my basement?

I am trying to create a new bedroom in the basement. The first problem I hit is that there is this short concrete "wall" with a post coming out of it. Actually, the post is 3 2x4's joined together. ...
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Moving dirt in crawlspace in house with daylight basement?

Our house has a walk out basement (daylight basement). In the basement, there is one corner of the house, approximately 312 sqft that has an access door. Inside of that, there is a level portion of ...
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Who do I call to approve minor interior structural changes to my house?

I want to knock down an interior wall in my house and make a dropped ceiling flush with the remainder of the room. It should be a fairly straightforward home improvement project that I am quite sure I ...
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What is this pipe - should I be worried?

We found it behind a wall, it is a bit more than 10 inches wide it has about an 3/4 inch of concrete between metal. It was jaggedly broke off on the bottom in the basement ceiling. It is also ...
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Hanging wood joists from bottom flange of steel H-beam

Not very experienced with wood and this is the first time I will have worked with steel at all. I intend to build a weight-bearing ceiling of about 20' x 20'. It appears to me that this will be ...
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Creating deck on top of single story flat roofed home

I have a rectangle home that measures 20' wide by 40' long with a giant chimney in the center that spans down through the kitchen and based in the basement. The chimney has a 3 sided fireplace on one ...
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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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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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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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What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame?

What type of Aluminum Sections could handle load equivalent to a 11-12 gauge Steel Sections of 2x3 or 3x3 on such frame? If one had to Re-engineer the Vertical Tubes/ Frame using Aluminum. What ...
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How much weight/many people can my rooftop deck hold? 2“x12”x20' joists, 16“ on center, 2”x4" framing under [closed]

How much weight/ How many people can my rooftop deck hold? The joists are 2"x12" over 20ft, 16" on center The framing under the deck is typical 2"x4" framing (living space), on a concrete ...
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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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Hello All, I’m trying to take down the 3 walls - load bearing or not?

This is the attic - and I will post the 3 walls as well- this is 1 story.
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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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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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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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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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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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6x6 “Landscaping” post for patio cover support?

I am building a patio cover and I need some 6x6 posts to support it. I went to a local lumber yard and asked for some 6x6 treated posts. He had some "landscaping" 6x6 posts and said those should work ...
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Vibration when lightly hitting one of the walls in an apartment?

I bought an apartment and I'm in the process of renovating it. One weird thing I noticed in one of the rooms is that when I hit the wall with my fist lightly, the entire wall and maybe even the room ...
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Aluminum vs galvanized vs stainless tubing for fence with railing?

I'm building a simple fence that's composed of 1" or 1.5" OD x 0.065" wall x 4-ft tube soldered to a stainless steel base that's bolted to concrete. This fence will have a wood rail at the top. ...
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Trying to determine if a wall in my basement is load-bearing [closed]

I want to expand my basement. I removed the drywall from the this wall. Someone told me it is not load bearing but I want to be 110% sure. The floor joists above the basement are running parallel to ...
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Ok to add basement egress window underneath giant grade-level window?

Our one-story house has a very large window on the first floor -- appx. 72" high by 130" wide. I'd like to add a basement egress window to the room below. I'm worried that having more glass than wall ...
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Should my fan have been installed off center?

We recently had a Duralum freestanding patio cover installed. There's electrical running through the structure, and a light/52 inch fan coming down from the ceiling. The fan was installed 11 inches ...
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Are these cracks in a basement support wall normal?

I'm looking at a 1930's-era house that has stone foundation walls. The basement seems to have been dug out and it looks a wall was built to abut the exterior wall. The wall has a plaster or stucco ...
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Structural (cored) bricks for a patio?

I have the opportunity to purchase some pallets of structural bricks, the cored ones with three holes in them. I want to use them to build a patio but I live in Ohio where the winters can get harsh. ...
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How to Determine the Correct Size of Beam to Support Suspended Planter

I am trying to plan a project that will look like this. The bottom piece will be secured down and won't be able to move. I'm trying to figure out what size of beam I will need to connect the bottom ...
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How do I make my floating shelf stronger/less susceptible to vibrations?

I'm building an entertainment center. I plan to put a turntable on the middle shelf in the picture below. There will be a floor standing speaker directly below the shelf. I expect the bass from the ...
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General procedure for replacing load-bearing wall with truss on top

What is a general procedure for replacement of an external load bearing wall wherin the wall is bearing the load of the upstairs floor joists, but also has roof trusts which land directly onto the ...
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Do vertical cracks in old plaster wall along studs indicate a structural problem

My house was built in 1908 and still has its original plaster walls. One of the upstairs bedroom's wall has vertical cracks from floor to ceiling along the studs-3 studs in a row in the center of the ...
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What size header do I need for a new garage service door?

I am going to cut out the wall in my garage under my stairs to build a small room. When I put up the door I have to use a header because it's a load bearing wall. Do I need to make the header out of ...
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Building an inverted climbing wall onto a tree?

We have a cottonwood tree in our back yard with a treehouse in it, I have one vertical climbing wall on one side, but we're thinking of putting an inverted wall on the other. The tree is one large ...
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Looking for a practical way to find the metal posts locations in finished walls

I am looking for a practical way to find metal posts location in a finished basement walls or finished ground floor walls. I am trying to understand how my house was built. I would like to remove a ...
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Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? http://img.ehowcdn.com/default/ehow/images/a06/rt/qv/build-above-grade-patio-800x800.jpg Is an additional ...
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In kitchen reno, can I make the kitchen ceiling same height as rest of dining room?

Check out the picture below -- that bar / pony wall area and the rest of the wall where the thermostat is are being knocked down to open up the kitchen. Question is, can I make the kitchen ceiling ...
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Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air hose ...
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load limit for a 6“x8”, 8' span?

I am putting up a second story in a small building I want to create a framework to carry the load of the addition. I'm putting in piers and posts, which I have found correct info for. I have a stock ...
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My apartment has a bouncy floor, but it's the only one

While we're waiting for an official inspection, I wanted to get some Internet experts' opinions. I live in the 3rd-floor apartment of a building with two other units below me, all with virtually the ...
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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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Support Beam for 14 ppt span

I have a 14 foot span that is load bearing on 1st floor, 2x8 joists. What is needed to support the weight on this cape in connecticut.
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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 ...