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  1. Carpentry
    I am putting in a partition wall that runs parallel to floor joists below and rafters above. The floor joists and rafters are offset by about 7” and I’m going to build the wall under the rafters. This will put the wall between the floor joists below. I read elsewhere that the floor sheathing...
  2. Building & Construction
    I had bad luck with a deck contractor and he's no longer on the job. I'm trying to fix some of his work. Because the joists were very uneven across the top and the perimeter band joists are not level, I had to remove his joist blocking to free everything up. I was shocked to see the mess he...
  3. Insulation
    The 2x4 studs in the knee walls of the finished attic room in my 1950's 1.5 story house are cut to the roof angle and tacked to the rafters. The stud bays have no horizontal blocking at the top... It appears to me that to properly block the stud bays in order to enclose the insulation batts...
  4. Building & Construction
    When installing the top plate for an interior non load-bearing in a basement what size of nail should I use to nail the top plate into the blocking and joists? Is it 16d or some other size, because a 16d will stick out half an inch if I nail through the blocking. Also, when attaching the top...
  5. Building & Construction
    Need to put in blocking for Non Load-Baring Walls and need to know the size of nails to use, how to install them (toe nail or nail through joist and into blocking) and how many nails to use?
  6. HVAC
    I have a circulating hot water baseboard heater running along a wall in a large room. I want to build a large set of built-in bookcases along half the wall, essentially covering the heater. What are my options? I am thinking of removing the heater elements and having the pipe run underneath the...
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