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  1. Building & Construction
    I want to use the attic as a nice modern living space. It’s framed out for a bathroom and a bedroom. The floor joist are 2x4s. I know it’s supposed to be bigger but there’s no way that’s possible. I was wondering if I could sister every 2x4 in the floor to support this attic. Even if I have to...
  2. Building & Construction
    I am in contract to buy this 15 year old house. (no idea who built the deck, or when) During the inspection, I noticed that the deck beams were grossly insufficient. They used 2x6 as the joists, but they used a single 2x4 as the beams! To add insult to injury, they attached the 2x4 beam to the...
  3. Remodeling
    I'm removing a sheetrock-finished suspended ceiling from a part of my kitchen. (There was a ceiling fan in the recessed center area.) The framing for the suspended ceiling is almost completely demo'd and I've got the electrician on stand-by. My question: How do I remove the framing that's...
  4. Carpentry
    Hello, I am trying to make a full-size bunkie board for my bed, 54"x75". I want to buy six 2x4x10 pieces of Douglas Fir, cut them into 54" pieces, and string them together as 12 pieces for the slats. The way I see it, if they're 3.5" true length, the 12 pieces would take up 42" of the bed...
  5. Flooring
    The basement subfloor I need to build is 11'x10'. I dont know how to run the 2x4s across the cement slab in a staight line. Do I need to buy 10' 2x4s or how should I connect the 8' 2x4s? It seems I know many things except the simplest. Thanks! The Plan: 6 mil vapor barrier overlapped and...
  6. Building & Construction
    I'm replacing a damaged bathroom subfloor in a 1965 Northern California home. The subflooring is tongue and groove 2x4s. I'd like to replace it with the same but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Any suggestions on where I can get these or should I just layer plywood? Thanks!
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