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  1. General DIY Discussions
    I have removed an existing wall between my kitchen and garage. I need to do this because I am moving the stairs from the center of my house to the side to open up the kitchen. The wall sat on a cantilever floor joist that were around 4 feet long. The stairs are going where the cantilever system...
  2. Building & Construction
    I designed a 2-story Colonial-inspired duplex in Texas. Nine foot ceilings. One unit will be upstairs and the other downstairs. I decided to draw the framing plan to discover any material and labor savings. I plan to use roof trusses and 18" floor trusses manufactured by the same company...
  3. Building & Construction
    I get the flexing of my joists cause the corner cracks in the middle of the house. But, what I’ve never understood was why the same wood built on site vs built into shapes then put into position act so differently from each other. Is it the plates that are used vs nailing or screwing on site...
  4. Building & Construction
    I am in the middle of finishing my basement. We are trying to install a pocket door, but the beam hangs down to low . We marked what needed to be removed to clear the door, and my friend added supports on both sides and cut it before we had approval from the inspector... the beam is made up of...
  5. Carpentry
    On an upstairs floor I'm building, around the stair well I have (2) 4 ply 2 by 8 joists. They are laminated. The bottoms are even, but the top where the sub floor would screw onto the joist is roughly different for each joist. My thought was using an oscillating tool and (plane the top), cut...
  6. Building & Construction
    I am in Texas. Most framing lumber at HD seems to be fir. However when I talked to 100-year-old family owned lumber company he said I would get Southern yellow pine from his company. Is there a reason to specifically buy a certain species? Building 2-story simple Colonial bricked stacked...
  7. Building & Construction
    I have a garage bill that I'm working on and I'm attaching a picture because I'm having an issue with framing the door. The concrete poor created a 4" curb, but the doorway is 3 in wider than it should be. They put the forms in wrong. My thoughts in correcting this are to have a pressure treated...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hey Everyone, We've heard that older houses (especially add-ons) may in fact include closets and bulkheads/soffits that are structural. I haven't really seen this problem in newer houses. Our 150-year old house (with an add-on) has a closet/shelf "bulkhead" next to a chimney that we want to...
  9. Building & Construction
    In need of some help. I bought a house about 1 year ago and the basement was already framed up. I am looking at finishing the rest of it. But when doing some research I realized that whoever did the framing did not put a gap between the concrete and the studs. Most of the studs are right against...
  10. Building & Construction
    I am looking at purchasing a home that has some soot damage on the top of the roof rafters. They are located in the old attic where a chimney reportedly used to run. I have attached the photos. Wondering if some of you can give me a ballpark on replacing the damaged rafters and making this...
  11. New Member Introductions
    Installing swiss madison in wall carrier. It states 22 13/16 " . It is for 2x4 24 inch on center. Isn't the space between studs 22.5"? What am I misunderstanding here? I am removing the middle stud and moving it over to the left. Measuring from right stud 24" OC. That will be the location of...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hey everyone. New to the fourm so apologies if I forget something or mess something up. Framing out my basement in Colorado and ran into a snag. My storage room door runs right under both supply and return ducts diagonally. It's roughly 74" of unsupported space. Need some ideas how to sturdy up...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have a space above my garage that I am thinking about finishing. Currently, there are 2 x 8 16" oc used for ceiling joist with 2 strongbacks. The span is 18'3". I want to shore them up to use as floor joists and remove the strongbacks. Can anyone offer some advice? Thanks
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    So I have the space shown framed, rocked and finished on the outside walls. (The interior walls of rooms next.) The entry to this bathroom is from the master bedroom. Where I did not frame a closet. I decided to have the closet in the master bathroom.... I have rebuilt this entire house with...
  15. Building & Construction
    So quick and to the point. I have ductwork I need to frame around and I have limited room to drop the ceiling any more than I have, with no space for extra support. Pictures included. The ceiling leaves me no real room to create any support for drywall in the middle. Currently the span of the...
  16. Building & Construction
    I'm remodeling my 1904 balloon framed house. I have a hip roof. I'm removing a couple walls, so I asked a structural engineer for plans. They don't make any sense to me. Plans Here's the before and after blueprints. I circled the walls in question. The blue lines are my ceiling joists which run...
  17. Carpentry
    I am framing a 12x36 cabin with 2x4 studs, OSB exterior sheathing and MDF shiplap on the inside. Blocking installed between all studs. The structure has a single slope (shed) roof made with 2x8 rafters and plywood and metal on top. Do I still need metal wind braces on the wall and ceiling? Or...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone - I'm building a shed and following plans that I purchased online. The primary entrance is to be 66" wide and the 2x6 header is to be supported by a single jack stud on each side. I've already framed the structure and am now getting ready to build the double doors. I'm...
  19. Insulation
    This is about half the room. This is the ceiling of the dormer window. This is the room with R15 rockwool already installed in the walls before I knew the code requires R20. (Since the room was framed when the house was built and just unfinished, I was hoping we could insulate to the code...
  20. Building & Construction
    I have an idea that I could use feedback on... I'm building a single-floor tiny house (10x20 ft). It will qualify as a "shed" in size, so there won't be code enforcement, but I was wondering if my "outside the box" framing idea has any serious flaws before I put pen to paper. The issue is...
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