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Where do I add temporary support while widening an exterior door opening? [closed]

I want to widen the opening on the back of my home for exterior doors from 68” to 74” to install French doors. The opening is on the gable end of my two story home, built in 2008. It sits on a slab. I’...
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Can this 1930s box support a ceiling fan?

I live in a house that was built in 1932. I assume the ceiling fixture boxes are original to the house. It looks like the box is secured to the joist, and it has a brace running between two joists. ...
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What is the correct spacing for support posts when building cottage?

We are planning on building 20x24 or 24x32 vacation house. Its located in Ottawa region on Canadian shield (from what everyone is telling me). But it is very rocky there. Impossible to dig more than a ...
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Waterproofing wooden support-beam over small sewage pit

Outset A hut in a garden colony with running water but no connection to the sewers has a small sewage pit (2.50 x 0.80 x 1.20 m LWD) at the back of the hut, right in front of two tool shacks. The ...
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Can I remove this center post?

I'm sure it's best to hire a pro to assess this, but thought I would ask. Do you all think it's safe to remove this center post? Just want to make sure it wouldn't cause any structural issues. This ...
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Support post in basement for sagging main level floor

The floor on my main level is sagging and I want to add a post in the basement to correct. The main level floor beam with the sag (shown in red) consists of a 4x12 sistered to a 2x12 and is currently ...
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How to know if timbers supporting floor need work?

Pictured is the ceiling beneath our first floor (second floor US). It's an old stone farmhouse, and there's no telling how long those supporting beams have been there (it could be 150 years or more). ...
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Fix Sagging Garage Beam

I have a 1970 built 24x24 workshop with a recessed support beam that is perpendicular to 2x6 24in on center ceiling joists. The support beam is 24 feet long and is built with 2x10's bolted together ...
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Putting in a sub ceiling in garage to insulate and dampen sound to upstairs bedroom

I am putting in a sub ceiling with insulation and drywall. I have begun the project and it kind of suddenly hit me that this weight could be dangerous? I'm running the 2x6x9.5 ft joists from these ...
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Does over refrigerator cabinet need support at both ends?

We're planning to replace our refrigerator in the next couple of years. I have found that I could get a much larger appliance if it weren't for one "wall" that sort of makes a cove for the ...
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Drill hole through beam support wood

The photos below shows a wood "support block" in my basement, supporting a vertical load bearing beam above. The second photo shows the support beam in the upper level. The support block is ...
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Will a brick wall support 150 pounds of mounting bracket and TV?

I want to mount a Tripp Lite Model #DWM60100XX television wall mounting bracket that weighs 31 pounds on a brick wall above a gas fireplace in my family room and then hang an 86-inch television that ...
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Do I need to repour my concrete pier for my deck?

Good Afternoon, I spent Sunday digging getting a concrete pier ready for a second story deck I'm putting in. This is my first time pouring concrete and I mixed it to the specifications on the bag. ...
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Metal railing mounted on composite decking and composite joists

Is there a way to provide additional support to a metal railing mounted to a composite deck board? The long run of top railing sways a lot and will easily take off the screws in some time. The height ...
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How can I provide lateral support for hydronic baseboard pipe?

I am renovating a room that has slant fin baseboard. I want to replace the slant fin hardware (cover) with a different cover style. These are high output pipes that run horizontal to each other. The ...
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Will my custom table frame support a soapstone top?

I’m having a custom dining table made. The base will be white oak and measure approximately 68x38. The top is going to be soapstone and is 3cm thick and weighs approximately 500 lbs. The stone ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall? [closed]

My condo is in an 8-story concrete and steel building, built mid-80’s in Massachusetts. My ceiling is 1/2” drywall screwed into 2-3/4” x 7/8” steel studs (Joists? Furring strips?). Those are hung with ...
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How can I connect wooden post and beam inside a 2x4 wall?

I'm thinking of framing and drywalling along this beam, but there are 2x4s nailed on the sides of the posts. I'm thinking of replacing those with appropriate metal hardware. Would that be something ...
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The best beam size to construct a small bridge over a stream on my property [closed]

I have a stream that divides my camping land. I need to "bridge" that stream to get access to the other side. The bridge must be capable of carrying at least 2500 lbs to enable me to get my ...
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Jack post for sagging garage roof?

Is the placement of this jack post okay to support sagging garage roof? What would a permanent solution look like?
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Question the structure weight capacity

previous owner built an attic above the garage w/ a ladder plus shelves on all walls. heaviest items in attic is a container (L24xW16xH12) <20lbs. side wall is holding drums evenly dispersed. ...
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How should I address lengthwise cracks and other issues in old floor joists?

I purchased a house from 1900 about a year ago. One of the biggest problems I have unsurfaced is cut and cracked joists. My questions are as such with pictures below: Can I just jack them up, ...
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Can I mount a light fixture on an electrical outlet box? [duplicate]

I have a backyard with no light but we do have an outdoor outlet. I would like to know if I can mount a light fixture using the electrical outlet box. The mounting plate comes with the light fixture, ...
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What is the correct tuck pointing mortar ratio for a 1907, St louis brick main support column in basement. Lime? Portland? Sand? Water? [duplicate]

The owner believes the bricks are softer bricks due to the age of the house. All the research i have done say's after 1900 most houses in this area used Portland cement, lime, and a sand mix. I just ...
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How Do I Frame an Opening in My Bathroom Floor

I am fixing termite eaten and improperly spaced joists in my home. I need to create space for the bathtub drain fixtures, which are currently riding right up on a joist that runs under the bathtub, ...
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How to support a 2nd floor deck to fix improperly secured deck ledger

I am in the process of fixing a poorly kept and built 2nd floor Accessory Dwelling Unit/garage apt. The most pressing project is to rebuild/repair the 2nd story deck, which gives access to the apt. ...
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Number of posts needed? [closed]

I have no idea what math needs to be done to figure this out, but let me set the stage for you. I'm building a BIG planter box in my yard. 27ft X 54ft X 5ft high. We want to utilize our whole yard to ...
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Will this plan support my shelf?

I am installing three 81” shelves on a wall in a laundry alcove off a kitchen. The house is 100+ years old with lathe and plaster walls, orange peel surface. Studs are located at 18, 34, 50, and 65 ...
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Main condensation line drilled and left inside 4"x12" main structural support

Latent defect found by new licensed HVAC technician after original installer of unit said call somebody else. Ten year Carrier warranty now out. Not servicing my area. I called a new company out since ...
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Things to know before buying a 1970's wooden house in Sweden? [closed]

Looking at buying a wooden house in a forest in Sweden that has some moisture / floor strength issues. While I'll be getting a professional builder to help me inspect the potential floor damage, are ...
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Need to replace deck post, flush with home foundation

I'm planning to replace a number of deck posts. Currently, my deck posts all go straight into the ground. For the posts I replace, I want to pour concrete footings. However, one of the posts is right ...
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How many legs for my cabinet?

I've built a kitchen-style cabinet for my office and I'm wondering if I've put enough legs on it. I couldn't find any standards for this sort of thing in my Googling, so here I have turned to the ...
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Three unexpected supports under stairs

I have a staircase that follows adjacent to a load bearing wall. Part of the staircase sticks out into the living/dining room area and I wanted to use the space underneath for storage. I cut out the ...
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Adding foundation for roof overhang/deck support beam

Yesterday I was looking for ants in the crawlspace of my house, didn't find any ants but found an issue with one of the roof overhang support posts. It's sitting on top of a concrete block that they ...
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Proper Joist Installation to fix Subfloor Overhang

I am currently doing a full bathroom remodel on a house I just bought. The entire floor was rotted, so I had to remove it all the way down to the joists. I am planning on sistering two of the joists ...
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What fastener to affix 2x6 support to 16" deep 16'L lvl?

I am building a temp support wall using 16" lvl and 4 built up 2x6's on each end for support "legs". What fastener would be best suited to join a single 2x6 to the face of a 3.5" 2 ...
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I want to remove a load bearing wall, which support is best beam or deadman?

I have a Block foundation. I want to extend my living room by removing a 12' section of load bearing wall. Dimensions 12'x2x6 junction to 5'x2x6 ceiling span Would I need to reinforce the foundation ...
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Is this 2x4 in my closet load bearing? Can I remove it?

Looking to update/open my closet... as it is right now, it's roughly two basic closets side by side with one 2x4 in the middle. With this set up I need two sets of sliding doors... I am hoping to take ...
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How to secure these wooden porch posts to the concrete slab?

The front of my house has an overhang extension of the roof, held up by three posts. The posts are loose on bottom and I'm wondering how best to affix them to the concrete. While they are stable most ...
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How to remove joist supports?

We just bought a new (to us, built in '52) house with an unfinished basement. They've added - relatively recently (visible in listing pictures but not older pictures) - a pair of joist supports with ...
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Hardwood Floor Repair - Sag and Gaps

Just bought a new home with old - possibly original - hardwood, from '52. There's a relative bulge running down the middle of the house (or it could be sagging on either side) corresponding to the ...
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Additional crawl space support footings [closed]

I have a 92 year old 1 story house in Michigan that is sagging along the main support. I have to add additional support and jack it up in some spots. I'm not even sure that the original piers have ...
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Support Beam Protruding out of house?

I have a client who has a load bearing beam from her basement being exposed from the outside, I have advised her to seek a professional engineer to have a look, she had someone who used to do home ...
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Can a double beam of 2x12 handle a span of 16 feet for a patio roof?

I want to build a patio cover. The total area for the roof is 20ft x12ft ( regular roof shingles to match the house) . I want to use only 2 post( 6'x6') per side , at 16 feet between centers with 2 ...
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Can this post supporting a roof beam structure be moved? [closed]

Could this post be moved? It looks like it doesn’t go all the way to the 1st floor, but it also looks to be the only support for the large center beam supporting the roof above. I would like to move ...
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Basketball hoop on support pole in basement

I am wanting to install a medium sized basketball hoop into a support pole in the basement. Is it safe to drill into what I am assuming is a load bearing pole. I attached photos of what it looked like ...
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How can I temporarily support a ceiling with embedded heat tubing?

I am removing a center load bearing wall in a ranch house and planning on a replacing with a recessed beam supported on 2 ends with post... Pretty straightforward, however the ceiling in this home has ...
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Removing a supporting interior wall

In about a week I’ll be closing on a new house and am looking to remove this short distance of wall between the kitchen and living room. Based on the direction of the roofline, I’m pretty sure it’s a ...
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How can fix and strengthen a linen closet shelf?

The shelves in our linen closet are loose (pics below). I plan to fix them by installing angle brackets. One side of the bracket will be on the loose frame, and the other on the wooden frame attached ...
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How do you mount conduit to a wall so that it stands off a standard box distance?

I'm running 1/2" EMT conduit between single-gang surface-mount boxes. The holes for the boxes are slightly set away from the wall so that the conduit does not mount flush against the wall. I have ...
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