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Drywall Screws into Studs

Is it okay to use fine thread drywall screws when securing drywall to wood studs? What’s the worst that could happen if not?
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How can I repair a loose crawlspace support post?

We just had a crawlspace inspection (unrelated to this topic) and the inspector found one of our support posts was loose enough to be wiggled back and forth. It wasn’t quite touching the concrete pier....
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How to brace double layer (2x18mm) plywood against bowing/sagging over a 2.2m span?

I currently have a 2.2m desk made from a double layer of 18mm birch plywood - So 36mm in total - That is currently supported by 4 hairpin legs (700mm tall), one on each corner and a set of drawers (...
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Mounting Ceiling fan in 1940s built home

I am trying to mount ceiling fans in several rooms of a very old home. I have found pictures of other J boxes on this forum that appear very similar to mine so I attached someone else's picture so you ...
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What size square tubing or pipe do I need for a Scaffold

I want to make a small scaffold about 2.5 metres high with a base about is 2.5 x 1.2 meters- for my self I am about 75kg - Please can you advise What size galvanized tubing do I need ? would 20 x 20 ...
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Can my deck use 6x6s below the deck, and 4x4s on top?

My family currently purchased a new home and the rear deck (about 6ft off the ground) currently is held up using 4x4s. The joists are about 12ft tall and the deck is about 25ft wide. Unfortunately, ...
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Does my loft bed need diagonal supports?

I'm building my son a loft bed. I'm trying to make it really sturdy because he has a tendency to break things. Each leg will be two 2x6s (brown in picture) joined with pocket holes. In the inside ...
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Adding ceiling support for shelf posts

I want to install a system like this one: It will be a bit more heavily loaded. I would like to get some structure in the ceiling to be able to install it solidly. Ideally something like a plywood ...
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Refrigerator Cabinet Support Requirements?

I have a cabinet that I want to put above my refrigerator. It is 2' deep by 3' wide. There is a wall behind and to the left of the refrigerator that I can screw the cabinets into studs on. The cabinet ...
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Remove attic 1x4 bracing in 1950s house

New to the forum, so please let me know if there's any other info that would be helpful here. I'm currently a DIYer, but have been in construction on and off for 10yrs, but never on the structural/...
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How do I keep a wide, wall-mount desk from sagging?

I currently have a desk made from a 18mm 4x8 sheet of plywood cut in half lengthways and sandwiched to make double thickness at 36mm. It has 4 hairpin legs (one at each corner) and an Ikea set of Alex ...
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Are there any floor reinforcement considerations when moving laundry to 2nd floor?

I’m looking at moving laundry from first floor to 2nd floor in a 2 story house built in 1996. Current laundry is on the perimeter of the house right behind the garage. I plan to move it directly above ...
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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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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 ...