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What is this framing technique?

Pre-plywood, one needed large diagonal braces to prevent the wall from folding. These days plywood does that job. The "non-horizontal horizontal blocking" is easier to nail securely and does ...
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Is a 6" Hole through a 10" Rim Joist ok?

Yes you can drill your rim joist. The floor joists tie into it but really the rim joist is helping the floor joists resist twisting. The exterior wall has bottom plates that span the floor joists so ...
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Deck frame is 1/2" out of square, worth fixing it?

I would definitely correct this out of square issue if the deck floor has yet to be installed. Easy now. It will also make for uniform planking across the deck. Also any miter joints that may come ...
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Is it acceptable to remove roof framing members to install a skylight?

The new skylight will actually need framing around all 4 sides of it, just like a window. As @blacksmith37 notes, that new framing will also be connected to the roof's preexisting framing, as seen in ...
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Is it acceptable to remove roof framing members to install a skylight?

You will need to remove roof rafters for skylights wider than about 15 in. But will be adding framing to the remaining rafters on either side, this will reinforce them. I have two skylights 4 ft. wide ...
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Standards for non-bearing wall construction in a carport?

The Code allows interior non-load bearing wall construction and they call it a “Partition”. A “Partition” is defined as dividing “portions of stores, offices or similar places occupied by one tenant ...
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Are my ceilings and flooring going to cave in?

It depends what the house is built from & on what, but generally old houses move - what you need to establish is not how far it's moved already, but how fast it's going. Without that information, ...
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What is required for in-ceiling header when removing non-bearing wall?

I'm concerned about relying on essentially a single 2x6 for a 10' span, even with plywood. It's just not tall enough to be rigid. The plywood adds something, but it's not a good header material as ...
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Is it acceptable to remove roof framing members to install a skylight?

As noted in a comment, you've got a truss roof, not just simple rafters. You'll have to find a contractor who has or works with an engineer to redesign your truss system to be able to install the ...
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Deck frame is 1/2" out of square, worth fixing it?

If the rim joists (or at least corners C and D) aren't yet attached to anything, just give corner D a few light blows with your hammer toward corner C until your diagonals are equal, then fix the ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

I've used two strategies here. For interior cases it's common to use doubled 3/4" plywood attached to the the rim joist with 2-1/2" screws. Here you could use pressure-treated plywood ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

for the added joist connect one end to the post and support the other end with a 2x4 run vertically connected with structural screws. (or use 2x8 if you have plenty of that, but 2x4 will be fat ...
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