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Will removing shelving screws from studs damage the studs?

We live in a newly built home. My husband hung some Ikea shoe bins on the wall and mounted them in to the studs. I am going to paint the hallway and would like to remove the bins and hooks, patch the ...
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Framing Advice - How to re-frame opening of non-load bearing wall

Just looking for some general framing advice and if my plans moving forward make sense. I have cut an opening into an existing wall, non-load bearing. Originally there was a doorway, which I have ...
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Should an interior non-load bearing wall stack up to a joist or stud?

I am trying to add a partition in my garage and the ceiling joist does not line up with the wall studs. So my question is which one do I go by?
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How can I reuse lumber from the basement walls of my 1938 home?

I'm capable and ambitious but inexperienced. If the solution to my question is obvious, I probably didn't find the answer because I didn't know the right terminology to Google the question! In my ...
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How to frame a rough opening on an existing header?

I am trying to convert my garage, and the garage door wall has a header on it. I am trying to frame a wall with a rough opening for a window and was wondering how I would fit the king studs, do I ...
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Use metal studs to frame for drywall around brick fireplace

This is my fireplace stripped to bare minimum and I asked a question on how to cover with drywall in this Frame drywall around brick fireplace However, after I bought a metal stud and tested to ...
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what is the design load limit for a jack stud and header plate?

Assuming an over-strength column composed of one jack and two king studs - how much load can a single jack stud support - assuming #2 stud grade SPF for the header and jack. I've found a table that ...
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After 1 year, how much gap between members is acceptable in light framing?

Many of the connections between various members (rafters, collar ties, joists, studs) in the attic of a newly constructed small barn (~1 car garage) have grown over the past year. In short, the ...
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Some questions on framing a doorway in a hallway

I am hoping to add a door / wall in a hallway. The hallway is 42" wide. I have most of what I need to do figured out, but I was unsure about one part - attaching my door framing to existing walls/...
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basement framing with metal Studs Best way to fasten them to the floor

I'm planning on framing my basement with metal stud (2-1/2" x 10' 25-Gauge Drywall Interior Metal Stud). I have XPS foam 2" attached directly to the concrete wall. I plan to leave a 1/2"-1" air gap ...
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Adding a bulkhead to a framed/stud wall

I am looking to build a framed/stud wall that's roughly 3500mm wide and 100mm deep but I also need to add a bulkhead to a section of it, see the image below: Do I: A: Build the full width of the ...
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Type of Plasterboard to use in a bathroom?

I'm installing a few framed/stud walls in a bathroom which will be covered in plasterboard and will eventually be tiled. The walls are not going into a shower, bath or other area where they are ...
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How can I find ceiling joists underneath this wood paneling?

Out on our front porch we'd like to hang a swing, but I can't figure out where any of the joists are underneath the wood paneling. I can't find any nails or screws of any sort and my stud finder isn'...
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Is a California corner as strong as 3 or 4 stud corner?

I want to build the best exterior corners for a house in a high wind (wind not earthquake) area. I will not ever use a 2 stud corner with clips for multiple reasons. However I would like to use a ...
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I need to find out how to straighten a wall

Just bought my first house and doing a lot of the work myself. I want to add electrical and audio lines but I want to make sure the walls are straight first. I've seen some videos where the guy cracks ...
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Correct placement for 1,200 lb pizza oven on wooden box I built

I am not much of a DIY-er, but I decided I wanted to try and make a stand for a 1,200 lb pizza oven I wanted to buy. I built a box out of 4x4's, and wrapped it in 5/8" OSB. The dimensions of the ...
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Best way(s) to add new king stud to existing exterior wall

I'm going to be removing a large 4'wide x 7'tall window and replacing it with a small 3'x2' window. I will probably need to add a couple of new king studs when framing up and to keep everything 16" ...
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How can I straighten twisted studs?

I have a bunch of 2x4s that are twisted and warped. Is there a way to salvage them?
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24" OC Interior Wall Framing for UDC

I am framing my basement tomorrow and I'm thinking of using 24" OC for my interior non-load bearing walls. I plan on using 2 sheets of 5/8" sheet rock with a noise dampening compound. Is 24 OC legal ...
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Can I build a staggered steel stud wall?

I want to build a house with steel. I'm interested in building like say 8' wide exterior walls, with staggered studs or double 3' studs to prevent thermal bridging; is this feasible? Are the studs ...
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How should I build a low profile stud wall in a basement?

I'm considering several options for building out a wall in a basement. Unfortunately, due to the way that the stairs leading to the basement are positioned in my house and the spacing I have to build ...
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how critical are distances between studs?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (east-central Minnesota, US). So far, I've put up a couple of wood stud walls... non-load bearing, simple partition walls. One one of these walls, the ...
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Is it safe to remove 2 “extra” jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?

We went to install our new main entrance 60" door (replacing double-door with single door and 2 sidelights). After we received the new door and shaved out more of the sheet rock, we saw that there ...
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Possible to remove truss and add collar ties?

I am doing a pretty significant garage renovation and had a couple questions. I was originally going to just replace the loft (the original wasn't supported on top the stud wall on side which always ...
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How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the 1 ...
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What's the point of a thin (1/4" width) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs?

What's the point of a thin (1/4" width, ~2-3" wide) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs? I just took out a piece of drywall for some other work I'm doing, and between two studs, there's ...
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How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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What are these horizontal & diagonal 'studs' in the wall called?

My single-story house was built in the 1940s in the San Francisco Bay Area (Earthquake-country). Here is a picture of the wall with the wallboard removed. This is from my neighbour’s house (Same ...
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How do you frame a wall more than 8-10 feet tall?

I am capable of framing a "simple" 8' wide 8' tall 4" thick wall out of 2x4 lumber, then attaching plywood or drywall or OSB or any other sheet material to the frame. Making the wall wider is a ...
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How do I frame a 2“ (1.5”) thick wall?

How would you put up/frame a wall where the 2x4 studs are turned flat to make the wall 2" thick? One especially tricky thing is that (it seems that) all nails must be toenailed since a 3.5" long 16d ...
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Does crown direction really matter when framing a wall?

When framing a wall is it really important to have the crown of each stud in the same direction?
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When should you use metal studs?

When does it make sense to use metal framing for an interior wall? What are the advantages to traditional wood framing?
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How do I find studs when stud finders won't work?

I was trying to hang my TV at my new place, on an interior wall (between living room and a bathroom). Using the stud finder on other walls worked fine, but on this wall I got some very strange ...