Lee Sam
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Should my neighbor run their AC refrigerant lines through my garage?
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Everyone is correct, you should not allow it. In fact, it’s your duty to not allow it. Look at your deed and it will say something about NOT allowing other improvements to encroach onto the property. ...

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Can I pour a concrete foundation in multiple pieces?
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I agree with Ecnerwal, yes you can do that. I also agree to extend the rebar past the pour (drill holes in the form boards and extend the rebar out the holes). Code (and CSI) require 30 bar diameters. ...

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Sacrificial Barn Roof
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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 the bottom stair have a different height than the rest in GA?
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The maximum rise of steps is 8”. The maximum difference between risers is 3/8” from smallest to largest, as @Jack says. (See ICC R311.5.3.1) A handrail is required if there are 4 or more risers. ...

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Garage loft max loading
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The Code requires trusses be designed to support the Live Load (snow loads, etc.) plus Dead Loads (lumber supporting the roof and ceiling) plus 10 psf Live Load in the ceiling. (10 psf is not much… ...

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How do I know if I.m getting 4000 lb. concrete as quoted, vs. 3000 or 3500 lb
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If you don’t want to go to the time and expense of having cylinders taken and tested, you can do some homework yourself. Ask for the “Batch Ticket” from the concrete truck driver when he arrives at ...

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Will a typical house floor carry a 300 lb. safe?
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Depends. We always add 2 extra joists under refrigerators just because kitchen floors often have tile flooring and cannot sag without cracking the tile. However, depending on the span of the joists, ...

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Can I remove the nails holding trusses to interior walls
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Yes, I would definitely disconnect roof trusses from the top plate of interior non-bearing walls. In fact truss manufacturers require it. When bottom chords of trusses rest on top plates it puts the ...

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Can I remove diagonal brace lumber from the walls of my shed?
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Those diagonal braces appear to be temporary bracing in order to get the roof and siding installed for two reasons: 1) different length braces, and 2) lack of double nailing at each stud. If the ...

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Kitchen water lines in the party wall. Is it a violation?
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First I’d look in your condo association agreement. When I lived in my condo we were required to submit plan showing materials used, etc. and how we will control sound between units to the association ...

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Airflow too strong in one of the registers
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If volume is the problem you can change the duct, boot, register, etc. to match the others. (Make sure the the new duct branches off the main duct in the same manner as the others.) Install a manual ...

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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange
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That bottom photo looks pretty bad. It reminds me of a “notch” in the bottom chord which is not allowed. Look on page 7 of their installation guide and you’ll see it is prohibited. https://p.widencdn....

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Trying to get advice on how to fix missing cinder blocks in my crawl space
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I disagree with @Freeman, you are not the only one who can decide if it’s worth fixing the area with the missing blocks. The code can help determine if you need to fix it too. The code requires an ...

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Is there any danger to mixing wood types when repairing structural joists?
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You say you need to “replace” your joist , but you also say you wonder if it’s ok to “attach” a different species together. I’ll assume you are attaching joists together. There are a couple of issues: ...

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Should I install soffit or gable venting with a 3:12 pitch roof?
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Attic Ventilation shall be “cross ventilation “ and shall be 1/150th the area that is to be vented. (See ICC R806 Vents.) However, there is one exception: The attic ventilation can be reduced to 1/...

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Replacing walkout basement concrete wall with wood framing
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Most Building Officials consider sliding doors as doors that take “special knowledge” on how to operate. (Latches and locks and pulling a door in an emergency appears to be too confusing. See ICC R310....

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Is this Scissor Truss for cathedral ceiling with drop-down for typical 8' ceiling load bearing in the middle?
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Those members are not structural and can be removed. Truss members are either in tension or compression. When a load is added between connection points, it puts the member in “double bending”. That ...

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Which rafter hanger is best
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As you can see in Simpson’s structural notes, the LRU is rated: Uplift = 660, Floor load = 935, Snow load = 1075 and Roof loads = 1170 lbs. as seen here: https://www.google.com/search?q=simpson+tie+...

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Do I have to meet current code when replacing deck railing posts?
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Yes, you have to meet current Code if it’s structural, and the 4x4’s are considered structural. The spacing of your 4x4 support posts is not what is important. If the walking surface of your deck is ...

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Did I Make a Major Framing Mistake?
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Fireblocking is required at 10’ on center both vertically and horizontally. (See R602.8) Acceptable materials are 2x material or 1x material with joints backed up, or one layer of 23/32 structural ...

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Do panel sheathing clips make a shear wall stronger?
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Plywood shear clips are outdated and seldom used anymore. (Most designers can reduce the thickness of the sheathing and use T&G edges.) Plywood is structurally rated for roof and floor insulation. ...

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Is there an only proper way to frame a stud wall?
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Yes, there are several ways to frame your wall and it starts with your roof and goes down to the footing. We design from the top down and build from the bottom up. The building inspector is there to ...

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Excavated large rocks in concrete mix for staircase
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No, it’s not acceptable to use random sized rocks in concrete mix. Concrete is not a mix of random materials. If those rocks end up near the surface of the pour, you’ll have large cracks around the ...

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Which door is strongest?
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There’s “good”, “better”, and “best” in everything. Using the “best” steel door (and frame) is going to be stronger than the “best” aluminum door. The doors you are proposing are on the lower end of ...

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Wood (to be) embedded in foundation?
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Do not let them pour concrete around (or against) non-treated wood, especially wood near the ground. The Code requires wood in contact with concrete, masonry, or within 6” of ground shall be protected ...

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16" on center framing spacing corner - optimize for butt- vs by- wall, interior vs exterior panels?
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I’d keep the exterior side of stud spacing at 16” module and let the interior adjust as necessary. There’s two reasons for this: 1) cost, and 2) appearance. Cost: You are installing the more ...

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Adding "floor" to unfinished attic with blown-in insulation
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You don’t give us all the info we need, but I’ll make some assumptions and you let me know if I’m wrong. The roof and ceiling structure is what we call “stick framing” it is not framed with trusses. ...

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Total max weight hung on single stud
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You didn’t give us all the info we need, but I’ll make some assumptions and you tell me if I’m wrong. Calculating the maximum load depends on 1) species and grade, 2) length of stud, 3) fastened to ...

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What Type of Siding is this?
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It’s James Hardie cement lap siding called: “Beaded CedarMill”. You can see it here (scroll down about 3 pages)it even shows the bead on the board: https://www.jameshardie.com/products/hardieplank-lap-...

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How do I responsibly dispose of spoils from a grease trap with mixed automotive and cooking oils?
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My son has an auto shop and he has a guy come around every week and pick up old oil. You should stop in an auto shop in your neighborhood and get the name of who they use.

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