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Old 07-19-2010, 01:59 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by GBR in WA View Post
The basement 2x6 wall appears to be 24" on center stud spacing. If two floors above, it should be 16" or 12" o.c., depending on the amount of floor area and/or roof load it is carrying. This is my concern. Is this wall something the previous owner added in place of posts? I notice under the stairs is not drywalled-- as it should be per minimum fire code.

Could you post a picture of the top of the unfinished side at the short wall?

And possibly one of the studs in the basement wall under the two story area?

1. Where exactly is the tank going in relation to the basement bearing wall?

2. Is the, parallel with the joists, short wall supporting the end opening of the stairs?

3. What size are the floor joists-- 2x10?

4. What are they spanning from wall/exterior concrete wall?

Maximum spacing of wood studs
Page #199, Fig. 14-8:

Be safe, Gary
I dont have any pictures of that area. Here are answers to your questions to the best of my knowledge:
1. it would be directly above the wall about 5ft north(looking at the pic) of the doorway.
2.short wall (i think) above the stairs. In the pic directly to the right is the wall with the HVAC units to the right. The behind that is a few walls on the bottom floor that has a full bathroom in it. So above the stairs on the first floor is the stairs going to the second. The room upstairs is directly above the kitchen. On the basement level a full bathroom is there. Kitchen above, then another open bedroom with a full bath. Confusing but that is how it looks.
3. I think the joists are 2x12s. They are big.
4. they span from east to west and sit on top of the concrete basement walls.

attached is a picture of the living room above the walls and the kitchen. The stairs are on the right and the door leading downstairs is on the right. In the pic facing the fireplace you can see the stairs from upstairs coming down on the left. That is the wall I was thinking about putting the fishtank on. After all of the thoughts I might just place it in the basement on the wall in front of the stairs and put something else up stairs.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:56 AM   #17
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It will be a Saltwater reef tank. Currently I have a 65g. I am planning to up it to 125 or higher. 200g would be my max. Do you have reef or fresh?
I'd go to 180 or 220 if I had to do it again
Mine is viewable from 3 sides

I have a 125g saltwater tank....empty 300g for the future
I actually sold off the corals/fish when my son was born
I only have a clown fish left...planning to buy a few more fish for now

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Old 07-19-2010, 10:10 PM   #18
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that is nice

dont want to get off topic, but that is beautiful. I might just go bigger and put it in the basement. Maybe a piano would be better upstairs anyway. I just wanted to house all the pumps and refugium in the basement then run lines to the main tank. On a side note I have a sailfin tang, couple clowns, gobies, corals, and chromis right now.


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