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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

Prior to drilling the "through-hole", mark the location on both sides and use a paddle-style wood boring bit slightly larger than the O.D. of your flat washer, to make a large flat-bottomed hole. ...
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What's the difference between "Framing Lumber" and "Framing Studs"?

Studs are cut to length at the mill so you can build your 8’ walls without cutting the ends off the top and bottom plates with studs make a quick tilt up wall, the rest is true 8’ 10’ 12’ . Note if ...
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Sacrificial Barn Roof

Ahhh… the sacrificial roof concept. My friend decided to buy an extra small car because if he got into a accident, he thought his car would just bounce off the big cars, trucks, etc. and he’d be safe. ...
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Can I frame a new window without adding jack studs?

Yes, but you'd need to repurpose existing common studs as jack studs. This may mean using a wider (longer) header than would ordinarily be needed. Obviously this means opening up the wall more than ...
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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

And another option would be to use a beveled washer. I would use a dado for all of the joints in all of the answers just to avoid slippage strain on the bolt/wood interface.
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Is it okay that framing in houses is sloppy?

Framing is structural, not cosmetic. So wood splinters and rough cuts are not an issue as long as they are carrying the load above and provide a good nailing surface at the correct locations. The ...
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Is framing with screws legal?

You have a complicated question here and the best (and most legally-correct) answer will probably come from talking to your local building inspector. Preferably before a lot of work has already been ...
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Is framing with screws legal?

According to Table R602.3(1) of the International residential code (IRC), you have to use two 16d (3 1/2" x 0.135") fasteners to end nail the top or sole plate to a stud. If the studs were toe nailed ...
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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

The simplest way is to recess the washer and nut into the angled brace. Using a spade bit slightly larger than the washer Mark where you want the hole. Start a hole in the right side face of the ...
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Load capacity of 2x4s spaced 16"

I don't think those rafter ties will work for support. The width of the room isn't what's important so much as the span from support to support. I can't imagine a garage layout that would have a ...
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Should I set wooden porch pillars into, or on to concrete footings?

Set a steel pin (1-2cm diameter) or post-base-bracket in the concrete. Drill a hole in the bottom of the post for the pin, or attach the bracket to the post bottom - no lateral movement, also no ...
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

These nails are not meant to sink even with the wood. If your framing is done right these nails should provide nothing more than bump resistance for the wall. Your framing should be very snug to ...
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

If this is a base plate on the floor for a wall, you're fine as is and it pretty much happens to everyone. The nail is embedded in concrete, the floor keeps the base plate from moving lower, the nail'...
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Suggestion on deck frame joinery

Given that you don't have joist hangers, the solution seems clear to me. Set your three posts under three beams. Lay your joists across the beams. ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

Unless you're required to create a firewall, and unless it's a stressed load-bearing wall that requires doubled sheathing for shear, it doesn't matter at all. Zillions of basements have walls that are ...
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

I will guarantee you that plate will stay there until somebody pulls it up. There is a good bury on the nail point, you could strike it with a hammer if the plate is stable. If plate vibrates, there ...
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Is framing with screws legal?

Just found this. The SDWS Framing screw is designed and load-rated for replacing 16d, 10d and 8d nails in framing applications. The SDWS Framing screw is 0.160" in diameter and superior to nails in ...
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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

Minor variation to recessed holes, if you don't have or don't want to buy a spade or Forstner bit: cut a flat face into the angled support. Ensure that you leave at least 50% of the width of the ...
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Vertical drilling into ceiling joist for pilot hole

I see your concern but there's really no discrepancy. The tiny pilot holes you will drill for your #10 screws to mount your projector do not remove any significant amount of material from the joist. ...
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Remove support under the interior stairs

That stub wall does likely provide some support to stiffen the stairway. That said it would appear that the vertical stud that you circled in purple could be removed without any trouble. I would not ...
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Suggestion on deck frame joinery

Go to the library and check out a book on building decks. There are commonly accepted specifications and construction methods for decks, and a good book will walk you through the design and building ...
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Basement Framing Drifted ½" Away From Starting Point

Leave it as-is, but add furring strips to the wall studs to bring them in line. I would increase the thickness of the furring strips in steps of 1/8" across the length of the 16' wall. So ...
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Is it okay to have exposed framing on one side of a wall?

That should not be a problem at all. Even with electrical, there would not be a problem. The main place this is an issue is with garages or other places where a firewall is needed. That typically ...
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Fixing peeling paint on timber cladding

There are multiple reasons for outside paint to peel and crack. It can be hard to pin down if it is a application issue or just an outside factor. But as you state it was applied on newly installed (...
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Is it okay that framing in houses is sloppy?

In the UK, house construction is divided into separate stages "first fix" and "second fix" first-fix includes carpentry that the eventual occupier of the house won't see. For example the woodwork ...
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Load capacity of 2x4s spaced 16"

You need to do the math. Check out this free calculator or consult floor joist span tables for what you are doing. This calculator shows 2x4's limited to 5'8" span for eastern white pine. Also the ...
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Free standing shed with single plane roof

The roof loading transmits straight down, so the shorter wall and the taller wall will be bearing exactly the same roof load. Shed roofs can leave the structure a bit more prone to racking, which is ...
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If we get a timber-framed single-storey extension, can we later (in a few years) add another storey on top?

Can you - yes - with the application of sufficient money, anything is possible. Will it be cost-effective - probably not. Building, and then destroying a roof is a very expensive proposition. ...
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Small post and beam project sanity check

Can I use your canoe rack to drive my quad up and work on it? That is a bit over built but will be rock solid. Make your cuts tight when using pegs everything is a friction fit but you have it well ...
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