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What is this plastic edging around my window called?

I have a timber frame house that has done a bit of settling and im fairly confident its now done after 3 years, so time to fix the various cracks. Around one of the windows there is this plastic ...
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Small post and beam project sanity check

I'm planning to build a canoe rack out out of PT 4x4s, post and beam style. The goal is mostly to learn to build something that way. I've designed it in SketchUp, below. Everything is a 4x4. The ...
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What's an easy way to clad timber frame wall so as to be weatherproof?

I have recently done a repair to the back wall of my ruin of a garage and it is topped with a 2ft timber frame (5 meters long) which I will clad in plywood and then attempt to weatherproof. No one ...
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What are some alternatives to making birdsmouth cuts in a rafter?

I'd like to avoid making a birdsmouth cut in my rafters since they are extending beyond the top plate in a cantilever, and I don't want to reduce the strength too much. I've seen that there is VPA (...
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What's the difference between “Framing Lumber” and “Framing Studs”?

The Home Depot website has these two as categories under Dimensional Lumber. Why would one want to exclude items from one category during a search for wood to use in a project? What is the ...
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Can I use post being sunk for a sail shade as corner support for a deck?

I'm currently replacing a slightly above ground level deck that rotted. The deck will fit between the house and a flag stone patio. One edge is tied to the house via a ledger board. I would like to ...
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EXTERIOR WALL CRACKING

Hi I am hoping for some advise please on the exterior cracking of our house, and how to rectify it permanently if possible, you can see from the photos painters have tried to cover this up when ...
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OK to attach Tyvek or any breathable membrane directly to studs?

I'm building a garden room and I want to attach a breathable membrane directly to the exterior side of my studs using staples and then cover it in some sort of exterior grade plywood sheathing, which ...
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Rolling platform to support 4000lb

I have 4000lbs of fasteners that I want to put on a rolling "flat". I have tons of pine 2x6. The dimensions would be 3'x8'. The platform is 3/4" plywood. I have four wheels that can handle that ...
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How does an end notch in a ceiling beam affect deflection calculations?

We have a ceiling beam that is a standard 4x8 over 12 feet. Let's stipulate that is properly sized for the weight load over that span. But, what if, in order to place that beam, we need to notch it ...
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Remove support under the interior stairs

Hi I’m putting storage space under my interior stairs. The area I want to open up has a piece of timber right in the middle. I’m hoping some one can tell me if it can be removed? Pic1-Purple is the ...
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Simpson A-35 (framing angle) suitable for this application?

Would an A-35 be suitable for the rafter>top-plate connection shown here? Would I need one on both sides of a rafter, or just on one side? Existing structure (grey) is 12'x 18', 6" CMU block w/rebar, ...
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Can I frame a new window without adding jack studs?

I'd like to add a small window to a blank wall above a tub/shower, without removing all of the tile (interior) or stucco (exterior) below the new opening to add jack studs. Is that possible, using ...
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non parallel walls

Well, I am building a freestanding studio in the backyard. In order to fit the space the measurements of the outer walls will be approx. 8' x 14' x 12' x 16'. Again approximate, and close enough for ...
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Can spray foam be used between Rim joist and exterior sheathing?

I have a 40 yr old single story modular home set on a block foundation. I used a thermal temperature gun to verify a temperature difference. the insulated wall is approximately 1 to 2 degrees cooler ...
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Need timber advice for building an outdoor frame to support a roof

I am trying to construct the the wooden frame as seen below. The brick pillars and wall exist already. It's pretty much square with each side measuring about 3.5m I am planning on using metal ...
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Vertical drilling into ceiling joist for pilot hole

When it comes to vertical drilling into a joist, the internet is split in two: One is discussions about drilling a large hole through the joist to pass plumbing/electrical/etc, and the answer is "...
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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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How to connecting addition frame to existing rim joist

We have an addition that we are adding to our house. We built a new foundation (J-shaped, see image below). Building the floor frame over the new foundation will be done with the standard sill plate ...
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Question about garage attic framing?

Upon opening up the ceiling of the garage to install a fold-up attic ladder, I saw boards going from the gable beans to the attic floor beams. See picture below. This is the first time I have seen ...
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How feasible is is it to build a house structure from different sources of free timber? [closed]

In my area in Europe there are regularly classified ads for free building materials, like old wood from roofs, which looks like this: Would it be feasible to gather my wood from multiple such sources ...
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Should raw timber be treated for use as in-ground posts?

I've got some grape vines that I need to re-build a badly designed trellis around. Im considering using some felled timber from my back yard. The advantage is that I could use much larger, cheaper ...
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wood frame, load bearing calculation

I'm in the construction of a home cinema, and the plan is to make a 3-side (2 walls plus ceiling) wood frame construction that I'll line with fabric and fill with sound absorbing material. Now I'm ...
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Framing a small open-walled outdoor structure

I'm going to be building a structure out of PT 4x4s (2x4s for the roof) to provide a base and a roof for an outdoor clay oven. I have some questions about how to fasten some of the joints, and how to ...
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Is it safe to use old, rotted wood fixed to an attic joist?

I had a pack of old attic boards in my shed. They've been there for 10 years or so. I got them out today to lay them in the attic and found the packaging had broken and some damp had got in. One end ...
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If we get a timber-framed single-storey extension, can we later (in a few years) add another storey on top?

We probably can't afford to get 2 storeys built at the moment but don't want to close off that option for future years (when we may want an extra bedroom). We are thinking of a timber-framed extension ...
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Ridge beam sizing for an 8'6" x 20' tiny house

I am building an 8'6" x 20' tiny house on wheels and am trying to size up the ridge beam. The 2x6 rafters are placed 24"oc and are mounted to beam with Simpson Strong-Tie hangers. The beam rests on ...
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Do stair stringers need to be supported along their length?

I want to open a space that's closed off under my stairs. There is framing under one stringer to support existing drywall, and possibly the stairs. (The other stringer in attached to a wall) Safe to ...
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Replace a cross brace with knee braces?

I'm currently in the process of designing a watch tower and was wondering if i can replace my cross braces in my current design with simple knee braces. Cross brace: Knee brace: This saves some ...
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Fixing peeling paint on timber cladding

The paint applied to a section of timber cladding (outdoor) has failed to adhere to the to the timber as evidenced in the photos below: . The paint was applied in the same year as the timber was ...
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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

I have built a 7' x 13' pergola over my deck and have a slight wobble, so I intend to install some knee braces. Each post has two pairs of perpendicular beams stretching to the adjacent posts. For ...
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Making box joists with OSB?

I'm looking for information on construction details and how to determine appropriate size for box joists sheathed with OSB (similar to this document that describes such joists sheathed with plywood, ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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Is framing with screws legal?

A friend used trim head screws for ALL of the 2x4 framing (including the outer walls) of his 2400 sq. ft. house. The house uses 8x8s to carry the load; none of the 2x4 framing is load bearing. The ...
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What is the best method for strong timber wall inside tin shed

I have a tin shed in the yard approximately 3m x 4m. It has a concrete base. The walls are tin and the verticals/studs are very far between and not super solid. I want to build a french cleat system ...
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Hanging a garden hose holder and need information on framing under a window

How far apart are the studs underneath a large picture window? I am testing for studs about 1 1/2 ft up from the base.
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

I built my first wall in my basement when I started to frame and I bought the Ramset MasterShot 0.22 gun from Home Depot and read up on everything and when I used it to nail my treated 2x4 to the ...
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Load capacity of 2x4s spaced 16"

We are trying to finish an above garage attic space as a playroom (since the ceiling will be slanted - 7' to 4' headroom). The "room" is 25' x 8' and currently has 2x4s that are 16" apart. My current ...
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What timber to use for formwork or shuttering concrete base

What type of timber would you use to construct the formwork (shuttering). There seems to be 4 different types that I could use. Planed Sawn Untreated Sawn Treated Carcassing My particular ...
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Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions

Last year I decided to let my brother-in-law finish my basement. After he finished the framing he moved away. Now I have wood framing complete and nothing else. He claimed he knew what he was doing,...
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Is it okay that framing in houses is sloppy?

I've been watching people do framing on residential homes for a while; both in person and on videos. The framing is very "sloppy" compared to watching a craftsman build a cabinet, for example. The ...
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Should I set wooden porch pillars into, or on to concrete footings?

I'm building a wooden porch on the front of my house. I have six 4" wooden pillars supporting the structure. It's light, doesn't contain concrete, roof tiles, etc, and is made entirely of wood. I'm ...
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Free standing shed with single plane roof

My shed/summerhouse build will be around 3m by 4m give or take. if I build it with a single plane roof, or shed roof. Will this put considerable load on the lower wall holding up the roof. The shed ...
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How important is the scoop cut in a drop-in joint?

I've been reading up on joints, particularly drop-in joints. Some of the drawings have a curved cut on the underside leading up to the tenon, sometimes labeled a "scoop cut". Curves make construction ...
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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What is the allowable span of 2 stacked 6x6's?

We made a swing set out of 6x6 posts. The horizontal is two 6x6s, bolted together one on top of the other spanning 12'. Is this strong enough for 3 large kids to swing at same time?
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Can I stack new beam to the top of old beam to extend span?

I have appropriately sized an LVL to extend a span by 3ft as well as assured the column support to the foundation at the new column. EDIT: The existing 12 ft span is carried by a 4x10, the new span ...
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Can I level floorboards with metal or rubber washers?

I am levelling some floorboards, with a view to painting them afterward and having a wooden floor. Previously there was a lot of scrap wood shims under there. Because these are only thin cheap wood ...
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How should I handle bare wooden posts in a wet area?

In a post-and-beam house (built from Douglas Fir), I will have a bathtub right next to a couple of the posts. Should I be worried about the effect of water on the longevity of the wood? The other ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to timber framing vs. platform framing?

Within in the next 10-years, my wife and I would like to replace the old modular home on our property with a new house. I've been having some discussions with a friend of mine who is a huge fan of ...