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Yes, there are several ways to frame your wall and it starts with your roof and goes down to the footing. We design from the top down and build from the bottom up. The building inspector is there to help insure you house does not collapse killing family, guests or visitors. Framing your wall is the process of transferring all the loads through the wall and ...


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Dropped ceilings like you've described are a routine thing in commercial construction. I haven't done commercial construction, but I do have a habit (hobby?) of noting whatever details I can observe when I'm in a building.. Do a web search for "suspended drywall ceiling" or "drywall suspension system". You'll find tee and hat-shaped steel ...


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I reject both of your ideas as being way too lumber-intensive, particularly in this time of global price inflation. They're also too much work and too complicated. You should be suspending single joists (2x4 or 2x2), not building walls or trusses. Those are for load-bearing situations. A top plate in such a case does nothing for you. Don't build anything--...


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I did a house a few years ago that I replace 24 doors total (including sliding doubles for closets in 5 bedrooms). So 14 doors that I had to chisel out hinge sets. So here is what you need to think about: Can I get doors in the correct width? Cutting a half inch out on the hinge side will be fine. Once you get more than that there are issues (tell you ...


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Eventually, all the moisture will escape due to gaps between your sheathing and framing. However, I'd pull a piece or two of the foam and see what it looks like. If there are puddles, definitely pull the rest of the foam to let it dry. If it's just a bit damp, you're probably just fine. To be honest, if you've got a nice sunny day, a couple of hours without ...


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Moisture will dry through cracks and through the PT over time. After the short period of rain fall that you describe, your concern would be water trapped between a moisture barrier (foam insulation) and wood, not an increase of moisture content the lumber itself. PT can withstand high moisture for prolonged periods of time (e.g. seasonal exposure to rain) If ...


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Yes, you can use spacers. Even vertical 2x4 blocks every 12-16" would do. Just fasten it all together very well with 16d nails, construction screws, or bolts run through. You can also probably trim back the interfering joist to the center of the bearing wall, giving you half the depth for your new joist. Or, replace the joist completely. A temporary ...


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I would wonder why the original builder built it that way. Perhaps there is something under the platform that could not be moved: foundation, load-bearing element, etc. If there is nothing there and an engineer says the stairs can be moved, that might be a good solution. However, if moving the stairs becomes not an option due to what is under the platform, I ...


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