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  1. 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'...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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)...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hello. My house if about 50 years old. I recently noticed that some of the floor joists in my basement are bowing. Actually, I do not know if bowing is the right word. The joists seem straight horizontally. However, they are bowed vertically where they come to rest on a metal support beam in...
  17. Building & Construction
    I am trying to replace a load bearing beam. It is currently 3 2x10's (doug fir) and it runs over a 10 foot span. I would like to install a tee beam (flange down) that measures: web 8.5", .300" thick and the flange is 6" and .425" thick. I'm pretty sure this new beam has more strength but I...
  18. Building & Construction
    I am building a sleeping loft in a small apartment. The loft will be 13' long and 6' wide. It will be well supported on one 13' side and both 6' sides, but one 13' side will be a clear span. I would like to keep the construction as thin as possible to maximize head-space below and above. The...
  19. Building & Construction
    guys i have a 20ft load bearing wall in the basement and a 2 storey house - so i have basement on slab, floor 1 and floor 2 and a roof. house is 3550 sq ft. We need it removed to open up the basement for a kids play area. Contractor says he can do it with 2 vertical posts and 1 horizontal - 24...
  20. 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...
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