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  1. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone. I bought my first home and it was a dream until I started to renovate it. I am in the trades my whole life and have alot of experience. But ran into a issue that I am unsure of how to tackle correctly. I was in the process of ripping up old laminated floor and putting down a...
  2. Building & Construction
    This 3D model is a visual reference for work that we would like done on our house to open things up. I have drawn on this totry to explain my thinking and to show how the house is currently laid out for context. There is a Load Bearing wall we are removing and replacing with a beam. This used...
  3. Remodeling
    I'm remodeling an old 1904 Craftsman style house. I suspect it's balloon framing. I want to remove half of this wall, but don't know if I need to install a LVL beam. Does this look load bearing? There is a large attic, but it is not living space up there. The wall is 15' long, half the width of...
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    Hey all, I'm looking for recommendations on the best way to frame a soffit / chase around this steel beam and column. Side #1 of the beam is a little more straightforward, as there are no ducts within the beam web. Side #2 has 2 ducts packed within. I tried to provide as much info below for...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hi - using the steel brackets i built this playset for my kids. According to mfg instructions, they reccommend the following: 10' 4x6 header 8' 4x4 legs What i used (i read other reviews online of what others did and seemed to work for them): 14' 4x6 header 10' 4x4 legs 2x6' side braces...
  6. Building & Construction
    I had a two-tiered stone retaining wall installed professionally to replace a rotten timber wall, which had a deck secured to it / resting on it (yes... I know!!!!!). I had the lower wall built with a recess to build a deck into (see pictures below). The area to build in is 17' wide by 15'...
  7. Carpentry
    I have a downstairs living room with a ceiling that is as high as the upstairs ceiling, and want to add a floor to make a new room for the upstairs above one side of the living room. The area of the new room will be about 12' X 12' and already has three of the walls, and I plan to just put a...
  8. Building & Construction
    I just bought a 1900 house up in Maine. So I am vaguely familiar with the standard framing and all that... and I need to do some damage control from previous cutting corner things done. Anyhow, 1st, the house, the beams run the width, about 21-22ft, the beams are 6x6.... is this undersized...
  9. Building & Construction
    So I'm framing a wall under a steel beam that runs the length of my basement. I'm trying to build a music room so I'm going to be doing isolation channels and two layers of drywall. My question though is should I be worried about screwing the top plate directly under the beam? Should I use...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    Hello! For a new roof install, half vaulted, no drywall, just exposed beam and rafters. The other half will have 8 ft ceilings, conventional rafter framing. Would it be a good idea either economically or structurally to have a glulam ridgebeam for the vaulted part and a smaller sawn lumber...
  11. Building & Construction
    I am doing a makeover of my patio columns. This one is right by a metal gate that I plan to change out later. The 2x4 supports of the column are all in good condition. I don't see any termite or dry rot. But when I took the face off (face is not in a good condition, all cracked, old wood...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi all. I have a question related to jack studs and/or a post. We previously removed a load bearing wall. The engineer specified a beam of 2- 2X12 supported by 3 - 2X4 jack studs on either end. I am removing essentially a second (similar wall; same span and well supported below). Based on the...
  13. Building & Construction
    I am preparing to build a free standing deck. I am planning on notching 6X6 boards to sit my beams on before bolting them to the post. However, since the deck is going to be built on a slope, the front is going to be level with the ground and therefore does not require a post. Is it okay to pour...
  14. Building & Construction
    All: I'm rehabbing a 30 yr old deck on my house. It’s a one story deck, but it is 10 feet high, below the deck is a patio, i.e. the concrete house foundation, so the deck extends the second story of the house and is covered, and the posts holds up house roof. The picture below (attached)...
  15. Remodeling
    My husband and I are remodeling our kitchen/living room area. We are taking out the wall and joining the two rooms. Initially we planned on replacing the wall with a beam either under the trusses or inserted flush into cut trusses, but now we are not quite sure we even need a beam. I have...
  16. Building & Construction
    My cantilever deck is 12' x 16' with a 16 ft beam (two 2 x 8s). I currently have three posts that span approx 7.5 ft apart, which is about a 1.5 ft wider span than it should be, according to this chart (my joists span 12'): http://www.decks.com/how-to/40/beam-span-chart-table My deck is...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a bunch of fruit trees built up on mounds. Here in rainy south Florida you have to get the tree roots up out of the summer wet for the tree to survive. I have the beds built inside hexagons built from 2" x 8"s. The hexagons are 71" sides and about 12' major diameter. The deck screws...
  18. Building & Construction
    So there is a beam that runs underneath the stairs which I would like to cut since it blocks off the space under the stairs (where I want to build a playhouse). This beam is attached to the side concrete wall on once side and supported by a metal strap on the other, which runs up to the ceiling...
  19. Building & Construction
    When my house was built, we envisioned a screened deck with roof. We had the builder put the roof on but not the deck to cut costs. Now I'm planning to put the deck on, and I'm unsure how to attach the beam to the four 6x6 cedar posts holding the roof up. I know bolting the beam to the side...
  20. Building & Construction
    Quick question - I'm assembling a multi-ply deck beam (in this case a 20 ft long 2x10 3 ply beam), and I think it is more likely to win the lottery than find 3 20ft long PT boards that are perfectly matched in height over their entire 20 ft length. These are #1 boards from the same pallet but...
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