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Can I set a portable AC unit back in a dormer window?

My office is on the 3rd floor and it's pretty hot in the summer. I wanted to get a window AC unit, but the windows are dormer windows, so there is no outer vertical surface on which to mount a support ...
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How many posts do I need for flat ground level deck

I want to build a flat ground level deck approx 25x26ft. I have very limited space between the ground and the door, so it needs to be streamlined. I plan to use 3 26’ 2x10 as primary frame supports ...
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Can I safely remove these 3 pieces of wood in Attic?

Can I remove these pieces of wood in my attic? I think I can take them out based on the following reasons, but thought I'd get another opinion. Pieces 2 & 3 are separated in two pieces. Usually, ...
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Are lally columns direct indicators of load bearing walls?

I have a hip-style roof where the first floor is set up as such (- & | are walls; = & || are doors; + are lally columns; gaps are empty spaces or openings): It's a poor representation, I know |...
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How to build a sturdy wooden riser for a mini-fridge

all, I want to raise an under-counter mini-fridge (90 pounds loaded) from the floor. It measures 18"w x 18.5d" x 28"h. It's for an elderly woman who can't bend over to use anything ...
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How Do I Calculate Joist Size/Spacing for Sea Container Used as Root Cellar?

I am repurposing a sea container (intermodal container) to be used as a root cellar. Sea containers are stacked for transit and the structural integrity for stacking is based on the four castings (...
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Flushing LVL up when not as thick as wall?

Can LVL beams be used with spacer blocks in the center to flush the LVL material up on each exterior side? For example when using two 1-3/4" thick LVL's with 2x6 trimmer material it only comes ...
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Installation of permanent stairway into the loft

Want to replace a loft ladder with a permanent stairway. The new stairway has to be over the existing stairway because of restricted space. The only load bearing wall is a gable wall. What I want to ...
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Covered deck roof beam support at house

I am adding a covered deck and attaching to my house. I want to attach it like the project about which funtastic asked this forum May 20 '14 at 6:47 and was given a response to his question by ...
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How much does 3-sided support of granite countertop material increase the distance that's safe to span?

I am designing a counter for an outdoor kitchen, with a counter made of 3cm granite with block masonry support and stone veneers to decorate. An approximation of the planned layout seen from above ...
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Rust at welded steel beam joint

My house has a 20 ft long steel beam running across the entry way with two i-beams for supports. The supports are welded to a base plate at the ground. The joints have quite a bit of rust on them. I'...
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Can straps of dissimilar metal be used to support copper pipe?

What you see in the picture is the main stack (background, green) and two other pipes joining it . You can also see two perforated straps that were used to support the pipe just below the join with ...
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Is it safe to screw into a single support beam holding up an entire house?

I have a (roughly 40 year old) house with a crawlspace, and then an upstairs above it - I believe this considered a 1.5 storey house. The upstairs is being held up by a long wooden support beam, and ...
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Column rad feet on non-column rad

One pic shows the experiments I'm doing with supporting a type 11 radiator (160cm wide, 50cm high, total weight around 35kg) using universal column radiator feet. The other pic shows the detail of the ...
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

I am trying to figure out if my plans for a computer desk setup would work. What I want to do is build a backboard that would be attached only to my desk and have it support 3 monitors (<16KG) ...
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How to support a window AC unit for a dormer window?

Does anyone have a solution for installing a window AC unit they've successfully used for a dormer window (meaning one which has part of the roof sloping down below the outside bottom edge of the ...
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How to Replace Wood Support in Crawlspace?

On an inspection report, there is a stack of wood in the crawlspace acting as a support post. I'm wondering how and what these should be replaced with? Googling steel shims, I see it's just a sheet ...
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12' high posts for sun shade over travel trailer

I need to get my travel trailer covered so it isn't getting beat up by the brutal AZ sun/heat as much. I bought a 20'x40' sun shade I will be putting up, I'm just trying to figure out the best way to ...
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How to maintain minimum distance between two trellis posts that are warping?

The posts on one side of my raspberry trellis are warping in towards the center which is causing the trellis wire to be less taut than I would like. When I built the trellis the posts were straight ...
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New construction, do the supports look correct in the attic?

I have a house under construction and this is how they are supporting the roof. Does this look correct? Thank you for your input! ]1
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Whats the cheapest but strongest 4x8 I can use while only supporting the ends lengthwise of the board?

What I'm trying to do is basically make a shelf that is somewhat of a 2nd story in my rented self storage unit. I've done this before by bridging tall furniture w/strong boards. My unit is 12'x19'. I ...
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Support for enlarged opening for new doors

I’m considering enlarging an entry door (to the outside) from a single door to double doors (rough opening basically enlarged from 35” to 70”). It’s a two story brick house on field stone foundation (...
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Rim joists sitting on top of notched post

My older deck doesn’t have a beam. Instead, the rim joist is attached to the 4x4 posts, most of which are notched and serve as both support for the rim joist and continue up as railing posts. I ...
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Supporting this old 2x4 hip roof rafter to the beam

I'm renovating an old house which had a hip roof. One of the roof rafters (2x4) comes down on an angle and isn't supported on the beam. I thought a strong tie lssj would work but the rafter is a bit ...
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Removing post in center of two-car garage (20ft span)

I have a two-story house with a two-car garage under two bedrooms. The two bedrooms have a non-load bearing wall between them and the garage has a 6x10 beam underneath with a supporting post. I want ...
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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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Temporary Beam support help please

I am enlarging and moving a cased opening in a basement wall. The wall is 2x6. Current size of opening is 3' wide and I am enlarging it to 4 to 5' wide. There are open web floor trusses 16" ...
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Moving support post holding up beam?

MY Wife and I decided to take on some remodeling with the help of my plumber father in law. We moved the washer and dryer into the garage and re-ran the plumbing. While looking at what it would take ...
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T connection of two Beams To Support 2nd Floor - Post or No Post?

Context: We are building plans for an extension to our home, on three levels. We're working with a technologist and will be getting an engineer since they have to stamp any plans. We want to have a ...
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Getting plumbing on the other side of support beams

Had some 2nd-story plumbing start to fail in my 1950's home, so I had the brilliant idea to re-do a "mud-job" bathroom. It included removing a non-load bearing wall from the adjacent ...
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What to use for 16ft span, max 1500 lbs [closed]

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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Single stud removal

I have a 2 story house with basement built in 1904 and I'm wanting to create a doorway into a bedroom from the living room. Through the center of the house is the wall which is load bearing. The wall ...
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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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How to support 20 feet of 4 inch pvc drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall?

I need to run 20 feet of 4 inch drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall. Someone suggested saddle clamps and anchors. I am not sure exactly what type to use, especially if the pipe is full of ...
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Adding strongback bracing to an existing floor truss

I just bought a house built around 2006. The floor has a ~32' span supported by 24" deep trusses on 19.2" centers. The trusses do not have strongback bracing installed (well there is a 2x4 ...
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Wanting to support my shed loft

I bought a 10x20 wood lofted shed. One loft is just 4 feet wide and the other is 8 feet. I’m wanting to use the 8’ loft for totes and other storage but it’s already starting to bow underneath it a bit....
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Raising Door Frame On Load Bearing Wall

We are in the middle of ripping out wood paneling in our living room and replacing with drywall. After ripping out the paneling around the door we decided we'd like to raise our door frame up to be ...
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How to to bury 40 foot flag pole? [closed]

I got a 40ft flag pole that is schedule 40 pipe welded together every 10ft with couplers. My questions are: How deep I should put it? What diameter base? Can I use a Sonotube? The area I live in ...
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How to (re)support basement stair stringers?

Recently I had some waterproofing done on my basement. This included removing some concrete that anchored/lifted the stringer's supports so that old concrete could be removed and new stuff poured (see ...
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Is there any way to stop a low-profile desk from racking back and forth?

When I remodeled my house I had left over granite from the kitchen. I had the mason cut a piece for a built-in desk in a dormer. He first cut and polished a piece that wasn't the right size. I kept it ...
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Is this half wall with spindles load-bearing?

In the second picture the blue line shows the top plate for the half wall with spindles and the red highlights a beam of 2x12's. I'm not sure if it is clear but the half wall ends at a 2x6 that has ...
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How much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)?

How much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)? This drywall doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. It separates the kitchen from ...
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How many concrete piers do I need to support a tiny house (12x28 and 20feet high) [closed]

I need help, I am building a tiny house, I am not sure how many concrete piers do I need for a 12x28 tiny house and that will be max of 20 ft high thank you!
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adding and removing studs to stairs for support

I would like to remove the purple section so I may walk under the stairs. Behind that purple section has open space that I have to crawl under to get too. The red markings is the stairs behind the ...
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Best way to support walls of existing wooden outbuilding

I have been digging out the floor of a wooden outbuilding on my property, to prepare for laying a new concrete floor. The walls of the building have been built on top of old railway sleepers that were ...
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Should I be concerned about this rusted support post in a new house?

I’m under contract for a newly built home and noticed a rusty support post in the basement. There are some other small issues with the home too but this one has me concerned. It’s just under a year ...
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Can this stack air duct be removed to tear down small wall?

I have an appointment with the HVAC supply business that installed the furnace 2 years ago but it is months away. My question is can I remove this wall to make my shower bigger? Through research I ...
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Im ready for grouting what to use?

I'm almost ready to grout. What unsanded grout should I use? Is it ok to any if the ones in the picture? The tube will be easier for me. Do I need to use a sealer after? After tiling using the ...
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Can my second floor support a marble bathtub?

I have a marble bathtub that weights around 2400lbs which I have calculated is about 42 cubic feet; capacity of 314 gallons of water (@8.3lbs=2600lbs). The total weight of the bathtub with water and ...
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What type of supports do I need for a 12'x20' deck?

My deck has 12' joists and is 20' wide. It's attached to the house by ledger board. This is in Connecticut and house was built in 2013 to put into perspective the building code at the time. The ...
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