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Is this a load bearing column?

We can never be certain from pictures but I'm going to stick my neck out a bit and say "yes", it is load bearing. Given the open design of both the lower and upper floors, it would be ...
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ICF home -- are columns in the photos load bearing?

In a concrete wall (which is what an ICF house is built from) those are certainly load-bearing concrete columns. It would have required some very deliberate design to make the header over that space ...
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I think my electrician compromised a loadbearing stud

That is a little rough. It's not a problem. Any stud is part of a system, which includes many other studs, wall plates, wall sheathing, the roof structure, etc. You could take just about any common ...
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Should I be concerned about the structural integrity of this 100-year-old garage?

That beam and post seem to be quite oversize/built for what is needed. The cracks are not that worrying. The electrical cables on that post will probably need some work. Cables should have protection ...
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Should I be concerned about the structural integrity of this 100-year-old garage?

(Speaking from a UK perspective.) That kind of natural splitting is quite normal for wooden support beams in my experience. Character is usually what it's ascribed to. Looking towards the roof, it ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

There are a couple of options that don't involve a structural engineer and major work. If this is exactly where you want to put the shower, the easiest path forward is to frame out the wall with ...
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Is this a load bearing column?

Semi-retired structural engineer here (but caveat emptor anyway) The column is almost definitely load-bearing (though to my eyes it looks pretty flimsy even if it has stood the test of time). The ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

That's effectively a rim joist and you can cut it out such that what remains is equivalent to the studs above and below it. It was only installed as a matter of convenience for the carpenter and isn't ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

If it's important for you to put the shower right there, consider a surface mounted shower panel instead of an in-wall system. They are insanely easy to install, you get way more bang for the buck ...
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How can I locate a shower valve in a load bearing wall?

Another possible solution is to use an external shower valve. These are widely used in Europe and are not unattractive. The hot and cold pipes emerge from the wall at a prescribed spacing of 15 cm (6 ...
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ICF home -- are columns in the photos load bearing?

Caveat: Amateur rather than professional here. I am almost certain these are load-bearing. Tell-tale signs for me: Columns which are this thick (or rather, with minimum dimension this big) - some of ...
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Will my deck support a hot tub?

No. 2x8 joists are barely adequate for that span anyway, and they certainly aren't for that massive load (which will be somewhere in the 4-6 ton range). You need heavier joists or a shorter span, ...
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Why is it sufficient to shore up a ceiling on 1 side of load bearing wall?

Often, the joists extend across the supporting wall rather than ending at it. In that case, any support on the other side of the wall would be redundant, as the joist is already supported nearby. If ...
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Can I remove this Load bearing wall?

You can remove any wall. Sometimes your house falls down if you don't first deal with supporting the loads the wall was supporting. Since this appears to be part of a larger building(?), making parts ...
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Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing?

The answer by BMitch is very good. There are additional considerations: The sawzall approach is one way to tell if a beam/post is load bearing. But actually we can frequently simply try to manipulate ...
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Is My Load Bearing Beam Safe?

This is actually pretty simple. The work must be done according to the plan (drawings) made by the engineer. The engineer does not have to go to your home. Work that is done must pass inspection by ...
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Accidentally drilled partially through the top of a 3 2x10 beam - what now?

Buy a 1-3/8" dowel and some wood glue. Cut a piece of dowel as long as the hole is deep. Slather it in glue, drive it in. Since you drilled into the top of the beam, that area is in compression, ...
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Number of posts needed?

Instead of a giant earthworks project, consider making raised beds instead. Raised bed gardening becomes more and more attractive with the passing years because there's less bending and stooping ...
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How to fix a rotting load bearing post?

Remove sufficient siding to expose the beams etc that post supports. Organise the jacks to hold up the roof / beams at that point while allowing sufficient space to work. Replace post, consider how to ...
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How long do you overcut replacement studs on a load bearing wall?

You want them barely snug, but it depends on whether there's any give in the plates. 1/8" is too much if the plates are rigidly supported, and the stud will bow or you'll do damage to the plates ...
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What are the concerns of a load-bearing interior wall being far out of plumb

There's no structural problem with that level of out-of-plumbness. Its root cause could be a structural problem, however. If the exterior walls don't have the same issue, I would attribute the wall's ...
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Should roofers have noticed and resolved roof structural damage?

You don't provide much info, and your profile is mostly empty. I'm going to assume you're located in the continental USA. Roofs of most houses in the USA are built using a wooden framework (rafters, ...
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Is this small perpendicular wall load bearing to the structure?

If the bottom chord of the roof system is really 2x4s, they rafter ties not joists and not meant to support weight so any interior walls are definitively not load-bearing. My first thought was that if ...
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Why is it sufficient to shore up a ceiling on 1 side of load bearing wall?

Mr Silva must know that the joists from the opposite room will be adequately supported by his temporary structure. How they are supported, and for that matter how he knows ... is not in the video. It'...
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ICF home -- are columns in the photos load bearing?

Assuming that the rectangular box above the sliding doors is HVAC duct feeding an upper story, then yes those columns are load bearing. The ceiling joists run perpendicular to that HVAC duct. That's ...
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Safe to lower pony wall?

I don't believe you need to keep the wall or the post as-is. Here's why. You have a modern engineered truss roof. Unless all the trusses bear on either a wall or a beam crossing that post, there is ...
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Can I attach an awning to a load bearing door header and frame?

Make your brackets tied to the door's king studs. A snow load of 30 psf over your area is 800# applied at 20" eccentricity for a bending demand of 8000#-in (half the load at each bracket). The ...
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Building load bearing wall partition to hang TV

I can't see a new wall making your house weaker. 40kG is not a large load and it will mostly be pressing on the bottom plate, it's not like this is an "exercise" pole. Generally for ...
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How to jack and support roof to repair exterior wall?

Installing a header for a window is a very similar problem to yours. Search YouTube for "install header for window". Most videos will implement some pattern for shoring up the ceiling while ...
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How to modify/remove stud wall bracing for doorway

Move the brace to the right so that it's out of your way. It should be inclined at 45 degrees to 60 degrees from horizontal. Judging from the view in the attic, that's an exterior wall to the left of ...
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