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Can this 1930s box support a ceiling fan?

No. The bar isn't meant for this. It is attached to the bottoms of the joists, probably with small, rusty old nails. The box is probably attached to the bar a little loosely. Looks like rivets, ...
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How can I hang heavy bikes under a thick wooden shelf?

You can store bicycles vertically with the rear wheel resting on the ground: You don't need to lift the bike to hang it The fastener doesn't need to hold the full weight of the bike, only prevent it ...
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How can I hang heavy bikes under a thick wooden shelf?

Your question is "How can I hang bikes under a thick wooden shelf?" (I point this out because others have proposed alternatives for bike storage that reduce but do not eliminate footprint ...
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Does over refrigerator cabinet need support at both ends?

Whether it does have adequate support is unknown. It certainly can be adequately supported from behind and above. Whether that involves adding some hardware or not would be something for you to ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall?

What you have there is a steel web truss with hat channel attached to the bottom. The hat channel gives you an attachment point for the drywall as it cannot span the 4' spacing that you have between ...
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Do I need to repour my concrete pier for my deck?

From the picture it looks like a surface finish issue only, which should be fine for the structure. You can skim coat a mortar mix if it will be in a place that's visible. If it's buried it's not a ...
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Best solution? - NYC apartment mod, installing a mount between two drywall supports

An easy way to hang a chinup bar between two finished stud walls 31.5 inches apart where the studs do not align is: Screw 2x4s flat against the two walls, at the same height, using 3 studs each and ...
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Drill hole through beam support wood

Yes, you can drill a 1/2" hole through it. Borrowing from the IRC's holes and notches constraints for joists and headers (IRC R502.8 and the text that follows in R502.8.1), I would limit the ...
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Will my custom table frame support a soapstone top?

The 38" distance from long rail to long rail is okay for soapstone. The long rails from post to post look too flimsy. If they deflect too much, then the soapstone could reach its breaking point ...
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How Do I Frame an Opening in My Bathroom Floor

You can use single headers (same size as the joists) for spans up to 4 feet long. Doubled trimmers (the original joists plus a sister each) are necessary instead of single trimmers unless you meet an ...
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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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Things to know before buying a 1970's wooden house in Sweden?

The 1960s through to the 1980s construction in Sweden was pretty simple. Most likely the frame is just 48mm x 98mm (2" x 4") framing with just 100mm of insulation. Exterior will likely be a ...
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How many legs for my cabinet?

Hafele.com no longer shows that kind of cabinet leg. However, a similar kind of plastic leg on Hafele.com has a 150kg (330lb) weight load limit. Filling the cabinets with pillows will probably be ...
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Will this plan support my shelf?

With the cleats on the walls at the ends, this seems fine. If you have intentions of loading the shelves very heavily (thinking canning jars and cast iron) you might put a 1x2 on edge along the front ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall?

I think you're right to avoid using ceiling drywall alone to support any but the lightest of things. The furring strips between the drywall and the trusses will hold a fair amount, say 10 pounds at ...
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Putting in a sub ceiling in garage to insulate and dampen sound to upstairs bedroom

My quick computation for your added weight is 2.7 psf (neglecting insulation weight). I would bet that your floor's dead load was spec'ed for 10 psf, so if you have a light floor finish like carpet, ...
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How should I address lengthwise cracks and other issues in old floor joists?

Those aren't cracks. They're "checks", and generally aren't considered a problem. It's what wood does and their presence doesn't significantly affect the members' strength. See also any log ...
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Can I remove this center post?

It looks very much like the top plate and the post were added after construction of the ceiling, to frame closet doors. The post could easily be much stronger, and would be if it needed to support ...
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Where do I add temporary support while widening an exterior door opening?

The correct way to do this is to expose the wall without removing any supports, build the new header with supports, and then removing the old one once the new one is installed. If the old one needs to ...
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How to know if timbers supporting floor need work?

Has it held the floor up for (perhaps) 150 years? Then it works. Welcome to "Living in vernacular architecture." The ones that didn't work fell down. While it might not meet modern standards ...
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How to know if timbers supporting floor need work?

As @crip659 commented, they look too small and too far apart to be holding a floor. If this were at a modern house (<70 years old), I'd say for sure they are fake. BUT it looks really old and back ...
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How to support a 2nd floor deck to fix improperly secured deck ledger

Repair half the ledger at a time. While replacing the first half, let half of the old ledger keep things stable. While replacing the second half, let the new half of the ledger keep things stable. If ...
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The best beam size to construct a small bridge over a stream on my property

In a similar situation, on my previous property I dropped in a 1800 diameter concrete pipe (culvert) and then poured concrete around it. Its strong With a low "bridge" the water can flow ...
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The best beam size to construct a small bridge over a stream on my property

You need to hire an engineer. The devil is in the details for work like this. You need formal drawings. I'll fill in your blank and check your design, though, so you can approximate a cost. Joists For ...
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Jack post for sagging garage roof?

Any post must be supported itself. It seems to be resting on a rough concrete slab, which isn't adequate as a long-term solution unless there's a footing underneath. A slab isn't necessarily a ...
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Number of posts needed?

To answer the actual question: you need as many posts as you need. Your pallet is, what, 4’ long, so your posts are a little less than 4’ apart. Typically, posts with ground contact are made of ...
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How many legs for my cabinet?

If these are all separate cabinet boxes, basically slapped up against each other, you want feet as close to the walls as possible. Feet in the middle of a horizontal panel will subject the panel to ...
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Can I use fine-thread drywall screws with wood framing?

IMHO, you'll have a problem if you use coarse thread screws in metal studs, but you shouldn't have one if you use fine thread screws into wood studs. Even if its thread is thinner, the screw is held ...
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