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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

The opening you want to create has to be framed like a window as shown*. Notice the addition of a header to carry the load of the cut stud (cripple stud) to the sides, and the added jack studs which ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

I always wonder “what else is wrong” when there are so many obvious errors. You’ve noted the obvious problems, but you’ve probably missed some major items that are not so obvious: In Picture #1 ...
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Seemingly overbuilt basement wall - load bearing?

This gives all the impression that is was designed and installed to support the basement wall that the "arrow" of the diagonal bracing points to. The vertical post against that wall is what ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

It is absolutely UNSAFE! - this will damage the structural integrity of the wall! The load in a load-bearing stud wall is carried by the studs. Your options are: Surface mount the cabinet Flush ...
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Is it safe to screw into a single support beam holding up an entire house?

First that post is not carrying the load of the whole house. The beam is and the beam is attached on both sides. The post's job is to keep the beam from sagging and act as a point load. I would ...
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Diagonal brace left in the basement by builder. Can I remove it? Replace it?

Yes, you can remove the brace because: The wall is non-load bearing (not carrying a load) The diagonal brace is not secured in a manner to transfer any load at the top or bottom The diagonal brace is ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

This is often a complex legal situation due to regulations that affect (in many parts of the world) what you can do in or near a body or stream of water even if the land next to it or around it ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

It's probably a good time to review the contract you entered with the framers. Does it allow you to withhold payment until defects are resolved? Does it stipulate how claimed defects are to be ...
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Long crack in I joist flange

That looks like typical checking just from the wood aging and drying out. It's down the long axis of the beam vs. across the beam which would indicate a problem. Also that portion of the beam is ...
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Can I put a 6" hole in this ceiling joist?

That joist is carrying something, even if it the weight of the material that make up that part of the house. I would say it is more than that since the new 2X with the framing anchor is attached to it,...
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Is notching a flange on an I-Joist ever acceptable?

According to this document (PDF), accidental notches in the top flange may not need to be repaired if they meet specific criteria. To determine if a repair is required, we'd need a bit more ...
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Can I raise a sagging shed roof by winching the walls back into place?

Your plan is exactly right, except that you don't need such heavy-duty hardware to do the jacking/winching. Even a pair of motorcycle ratchet straps or a come-along is going to do the job, especially ...
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Pouring slab but second story sags in old home

You need to slow down and rethink this. You are on the verge of making a couple of serious mistakes. Rather than directly answer your question, I am going to advise a plan to do this correctly. First,...
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Diagonal brace left in the basement by builder. Can I remove it? Replace it?

That wall is load bearing; it is helping to support the stairs and that landing. As such, it can be subjected to significant load (think two 250 lb guys, plus heavy furniture, for starters). More ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

Legal issues aside (that's not our pigeon here), a reliable way is dry mix sand bagging:- Pick a low quality concrete sans water, place it at your leisure and let the rain /moisture make it go off. ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

Yes, that is shoddy work! Did you pay for shoddy work or did you pay for quality work? But things like this turn into squeaks, cracks, wobbles, etc. over time. So yes, if this was MY project I ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

Horrible work. I don't think "I commissioned an independent review" will hold any weight with the contractor, unless the contract allowed for that. The contractor might dispute the qualifications of ...
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Is notching a flange on an I-Joist ever acceptable?

Point your home builder to page 9 of Weyerhauser's I-joist document here. See the bottom right of the page where it says "DO NOT cut or notch flange" It is typical of all I-joist manufacturers' ...
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Closet Wall, is it Load Bearing?

The framing above the pantry door is not load bearing. The doorway to the left of the pantry in the middle picture is load bearing. You can tell by the solid header.
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Extending Framing Studs From 8' to 9'

In a non-load bearing wall the studs are really just nailing edges for the drywall. You could just scab pieces to the side of the 8' to make 9' studs. So take the 8' get a 1' piece and then get a ...
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Repairing a partially cut roof strut

You could put two plywood plates either side to strengthen it. But you may not need to. How long has it been like that? Is the snow load significant? Just remember that that strut is working in ...
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Is notching a flange on an I-Joist ever acceptable?

Only if you're a "professional" plumber. Cut twice as much & then measure, hey lookie there just like they did in your place. Seriously no, you're completely right the I's of I-joists ...
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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?

As mentioned in another answer, there may be legal issues since the creek is a waterway. In the US, you would have Federal and probably state laws involved (many other countries have similar laws ...
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Can I put a 6" hole in this ceiling joist?

As J comments, this is not a joist, it is a beam on which the joists are hung. Likely there used to be a load-bearing wall there that a prior owner had removed to enlarge the space. They could have ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

Can I safely remove one stud from a load bearing wall? Yes, but you need to properly support the gap with a header. If you aren't willing to do this then don't remove the stud, period. Will this ...
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Repairing a notched floor joist

Good on you for leveling up your knowledge and learning where not to drill or saw on joists. On that same note, here's an excellent summary from BuildingAdvisor titled Guide to Notching and Boring ...
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Extending Framing Studs From 8' to 9'

I would honestly bite the bullet and get longer studs. Even if the walls aren't structural (which I assume they are not, as it's a basement finishing), you're introducing a lot of extra work (you're ...
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How do I repair and block up a completely cut top plate?

The home was presumably built to be sound with the duct in place, so it's still sound with it gone. You don't have to build it better. Just add blocking as needed to support the drywall. If you happen ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

What makes the commercial product better than just purchasing steel plates and bolts? The commercial product doesn't rely on the screws in wood to connect the two sides. A sideways force would be ...
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Can I put a 6" hole in this ceiling joist?

Clues that it is likely load bearing are the sheer size (two side by side planks, you don't do that without a reason) and the fact that it looks like it's supporting the studs. What is the span ...
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