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  1. Building & Construction
    Ignoramus here. I have four roof rafters that are separating from ceiling joists (but no pictures yet). I haven't found anything on the web to suggest what the problem might be, or a solution. Do I need to hire a structural engineer, or is there a fairly easy-to-understand fix? Thanks for...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hello all, I have an open floor plan on a house that I purchased. This is a 2 story bi-level so the attic is above the main living area. (Cement slab/No basement) The old central A/C was in the attic towards the side and end of the house. To put it in, the 14 ceiling joists were cut and 2 -...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi. I am trying to build a new kitchen area inside a warehouse. It will be built in an empty space. I do have 2 existing walls. I will need to frame 2 walls. One will have a door. I also need to build a ceilng on this. Nothing will be on top. The addition will be 106" x 94". The longest side...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hey all - I am constructing a recording studio and having to pick my ceiling joist sizes on my own with out an architect. How or where do I go to help figure this out. I have a 49' x 18' 2x4 framed stud wall system and the ceiling joists need to hold two layers of 5/8 drywall for sound...
  5. Building & Construction
    Good day all, I'm working on a remodel project to open the kitchen with the family room addition that was added to the back of the house by the previous owner. The wall separating the two rooms used to be an exterior wall, making it an obvious load bearing wall. There is also a point load on...
  6. Building & Construction
    I am installing ceiling joist upstairs and connecting to a cathedral ceiling.The ceiling joist are 2x6 running 13' on 16" centers. I need to connect to the cathedral ceiling joist that are running the opposite direction at 8' span. Do I need to create a header beam to tie these joist together...
  7. Building & Construction
    My latest project is to relocate a small scuttle hatch from a bedroom to the hallway and install a pull down attic stairs. Ultimately, I would like to store seasonal stuff (i.e. Christmas trees, etc.). BACKGROUND ========== -1960's colonial -ceiling joists are 2x6" with 16 O.C. framing -roof...
  8. Building & Construction
    my ceiling joists are on one side resting on a load-barring top plate (doubled up 2x4) but on the other side are being attached to a ledger, perpendicular. i know that using ZMax hangers by Strongtie works well but my concern is that the thickness of the metal makes a bump for subsequent...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    Plaster Ceilings are showing new discoloration or possible water stain. I am not ruling out a leaky pipe, but, recently we found and repair/clean mold in our attic. Inspecting our ceilings below the attic and on our first floor, we are seeing slight darkening, the width of joists on...
  10. Electrical
    Just moved into a 2002 double wide and am attempting to install ceiling fans in all of the bedrooms, Removed light fixture and found that box will only support 15 lbs and fan/light to be installed is 35 lbs. Purchased a fan brace with the intention of adding extra support. Problem is I cannot...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi All, I am building a stud wall on the top floor of our extension which has a flat roof. The joists run parallel to the direction of the partition so I know I need to add noggins. But I can't get access to the ceiling joists from above because the roof is flat, and getting access would...
  12. Building & Construction
    I want to frame a gable roof onto my (to be constructed) 12'x24' shed/storage/workhouse. To gain more headroom--by a longer rafter run-- I want to extend the ceiling joists to about 18" beyond the wall top plates on both sides; and nail the rafter seats to the joist ends. This will give me a...
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