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Does the wall sweat or leak ? If not then I would affix finish grade 1/2" plywood with adhesive. It would be less messy to get off then dry wall if you had to and it would allow you hang photo or art with small screws. You could mount it directly to the blocks or you could put very thin 1/4" slats as furring strip on with construction adhesive ( better ...


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It’s not clear the spacing of the 2x12’s nor how many 2x12’s you’d like to notch. However, I’ll make a few assumptions and you can let me know if I’m wrong. The Code requires a Live Load of 20 psf for uninhabited attics and 30 psf for habitable attics. (See ICC Table 1607.1) Normal living spaces are required to have 40 psf. I’ll assume 20 psf Live Load (...


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Obviously it was approved by the local building inspector as you are living in it and I assume there is a COA issued. But, as we know, there are plenty of "cozy" relationships between inspectors and builders. It sure sounds like there is some substandard work here. I suggest you start by documenting the issues in detail and take a bunch of photos. Did ...


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Yes it is ok to add your wall and box in the vent lines this is very common in fact.


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With your joist direction following the same without support it is probably built for a door. With a door and no header the wall may wobble a bit as many shower doors are glass and heavy. I was taught to always put a header in for a door for that reason. If you are not going to have a door and want it open to the ceiling I would do it. Depending on the depth ...


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This is definitely a 3-bearing truss and it requires the support point in the middle. The reason I can see that is because a two point truss is going to have a lot of tension in the lower chord. The lower chord needs to be a continuous tie from one outer bearing point to the other outer bearing point to hold the walls from pushing outward. At the ...


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I have seen this done many time but not 10". The problem with that is any light fixtures would have to be installed in the new ceiling and the wiring from the old fixtures will not reach the new locations so you'd need a junction box in the attic, if you have one, to splice new wire. You could have old knob and tube wiring which could really complicate the ...


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You can but installing hat channel on the existing ceiling will be much cheaper and maintain a higher ceiling. I am guessing you have 9’ ceilings.


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