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How do I repair a split stud in load-bearing wall

You didn’t split the stud. You’re looking at one normal stud (on the right) with another board perpendicular to it (on the left). There’s nothing to repair except the drywall.
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

I would inspect the entire property for more such pipe and replace any that was found. That's almost certainly a manufacturing defect and likely to be pending failure wherever that batch of pipe was ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

Copper does erode over time through mechanical wear and chemical corrosion. My guess is that it simply got thin enough that thermal stresses popped the weld (or the extrusion resulted in a thin side, ...
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Filling in 1/4" wide sharp joints on cured indoor concrete floor?

You could have caulked them a month after the slab was poured. You can caulk them now. Or vacuum/scrape them out and caulk them now. Saw-Cut control joints (as opposed to "tool-formed while the ...
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How can I visually conceal a crack in my concrete driveway?

There are really only two solutions from a aesthetic standpoint: Coat the entire slab with a surfacing product (which may or may not conceal the crack for the long term--depends on seasonal/traffic ...
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How do I repair a split stud in load-bearing wall

Should I put in several braces or do I need to remove the drywall and completey replace the stud? I'd say none of the above. You're looking at 2 individual pieces of lumber, you didn't split anything....
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Is this diagonal crack worrying?

It's a bit difficult to tell since your photo has no context. But generally cracks in drywall, especially at the joints, are common and nothing to worry about. In this case, however, there is clearly ...
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Are these bathroom wall tiles coming off?

No. It appears from the pictures that you posted that the grout lines have cracked, this does not necessarily mean that the tile adhesion to the wall is compromised. If the tile has movement when ...
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How can I visually conceal a crack in my concrete driveway?

Don't try to make it look "even and uniform". Instead, have some intentional decorative feature that camouflages or hides the difference. For example, rather than repainting the entire ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

Back in the 1970's the company that I worked for ran into a slew of copper tubing sizes through 3" that was manufactured with a defect that weakened the whole length of the copper. Since the copper ...
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Filling in 1/4" wide sharp joints on cured indoor concrete floor?

So the question is it a live joint? A live joint is one where the ground is actually moving, and you can tell by careful examination of the bottom of the control joint. If there is no crack in the ...
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Why are there cracks between my vinyl windows and the drywall?

It looks like expansion and contraction of dissimilar materials. The caulking done when the home was built may have been done poorly and with low grade caulking. Now it has dried and the cracks (or ...
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Can ants cause structural damage to a block house?

Here in Florida we have a multitude of bugs. termites are terrible, however even more homes have issues with ants. However the issues are with the wood member of the homes and not the blocks. It is ...
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Filling in 1/4" wide sharp joints on cured indoor concrete floor?

I don't understand why they were cut so sharp and deep For UTILITY not aesthetics. Sharp: That's how a segmented diamond blade cuts concrete. It's just the nature of the tool being used. Wide: The ...
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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange

I would be concerned. The top and bottom sections that I-joist, the flanges are what carry the load. The bottom flange is in tension, and the upper flange is in compression (for a typical floor joist ...
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What do these cracks in my drywall indicate?

The rafters look fine. They are straight, showing no signs of sagging or stress. The cracks that you point out are the usual lumber "checks" that appear as the wood dries. The checks have little ...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks - TX

In your case whether or not they screwed up is kind of a matter of interpretation. The claim that concrete always cracks is really BS. In my opinion (and the opinion of many others) the number 1 ...
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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange

Disclaimer: I am not a structural engineer. I don't see anything seriously concerning on the cracks because they don't seem to be stress fractures that have compromised the I-beam. If you had a crack ...
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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange

That bottom photo looks pretty bad. It reminds me of a “notch” in the bottom chord which is not allowed. Look on page 7 of their installation guide and you’ll see it is prohibited. https://p.widencdn....
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Can ants cause structural damage to a block house?

It depends on where you are and what else (in addition to the concrete blocks) your house is made of. Ants don't eat concrete, bricks or mortar. Where I live, they are also considered safe for wood (...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

It looks like it was thinned by corrosion until any stress opened it. Ammonia and it's compounds are notorious for attacking copper alloys ; Ammonia cracks brass not copper, but corrodes copper ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

Having worked with brass chrome, my personal bet is it just got old. I wanted to teach my son how to use a wrench and when he went to crank off the old nut, the pipe shattered like an eggshell. Yours ...
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What can cause a never-frozen indoor copper drain pipe to crack?

I'll just throw one more thing into the mix. You say it was connected to a garbage disposal so I'm thinking that vibration, over time, might have either caused the problem or made an existing defect ...
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seal and fix cracks in a concrete floor in basement

Is it for cosmetics or is it a matter of sweeping/washing off and things go between the cracks. Finally reason makes a difference. In commercial construction we often use concrete caulk, that way it ...
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Why are there cracks all over my upper floor ceilings and walls?

This is very very common in my area as I live in a part of the Midwest that can have 60 days straight of 10-20 F in the winter and 60 days straight around 100 F in the summer. I have bought more ...
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Cracks in new house slab foundation, how serious?

Unfortunately that looks very unusual to me. I think you need a civil engineering consultant. It will cost something but saying "some guys on the internet said it looked bad " is worth nothing. And ...
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Cracked Tile in New Construction Home - Foundation issues?

Your slab has cracked and that it why your tiles are cracking. This is not good and you need to document everything with pictures and get back with the builder to fix this. Check with your Better ...
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Filling in 1/4" wide sharp joints on cured indoor concrete floor?

Backer Rod Sikaflex Self-Leveling Sealant Done. Perfect. I am in no way affiliated with this company; I am just a fan of it. https://retail.usa.sika.com/en/products/sealants/self-leveling/sikaflexr-...
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Is this small stepped crack under window a worry?

That doesn't look like a problem. Mortar cracks like this in brick facing are not uncommon as a home ages and settles slightly. A problem would be when the crack is opening up and showing ...
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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange

This type of floor support element is considered normally to be simply supported. What this means is that maximum shear force occurs at the supports and maximum bending moment occurs near the middle ...
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