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  1. Carpentry
    I have a two car garage with two garage doors that I'd like to consolidate into a single 17' 5" door. (The combined opening of the two existing doors). The garage is 20' deep, The ceiling rafters are 2x12 @16" oc and the attic is used for storage. The roof joists are 2x8 @24" oc.I have 2-1 3/4"x...
  2. Building & Construction
    I plan on cutting hole in exterior wall for a 72” double door on first level. There is a second story above. Not sure how to brace wall above since joists run parallel to wall. Anyone know how to brace wall in this situation?
  3. Carpentry
    We are planning on bumping out a wall for a kitchen expansion. The span is 14 feet. I want to hide the header... So my question is... Can you bolt an LVL beam to the Rim Joist of the second floor? (don't let the truss throw you off... that's for a porch next to the kitchen) Thanks
  4. Building & Construction
    Hey all, I'm working on enclosing my back porch (currently 3 open railed walls), and cannot find my answer anywhere. I figured asking here might provide some insight and guidance... The porch is built on a cement slab, approx. 12' deep x 17' wide. This roof is basically inhabitable in...
  5. Carpentry
    Hello all. I'm having a problem getting some brackets mounted above a patio sliding door. Here's the situation. I've marked the locations for the brackets which will be about three inches above the patio door molding. I bought some number 10 x 1-1/2 long screws to mount the brackets. I used a...
  6. Building & Construction
    I'm installing 48x80 french doors on an interior wall (I don't think it is load bearing). Unfortunately, the studs don't work out as I would like them to so I'm going to have to install a new king and jack stud on each side and cut the 3 studs in the opening. Couple of questions: 1) is there any...
  7. Remodeling
    I've got this kitchen straight out of the 1940's and after long enough time, we decided to do something about it. I've had to tear out hundreds of pounds of tile attached the old fashioned way with metal latices and inch thick plaster holding down the tiles. I've got way too much knob and...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am building a hay loft over a 12x12 horse stall. I have 8x8 post on the corners 2x12 for headers one on the front and one on the back of the front post and only one header on the back posts. Then I am going to use 2x12 as joist 16 oc with hurricane ties then plywood on top. I was wondering if...
  9. Building & Construction
    I am currently working on framing out some larger windows. The materials list I am working with calls for 4x4 Douglas Fir headers. Is there an issue if I use Pressure treated 4x4's instead?
  10. Building & Construction
    I need some help from someone that understands the math better than I do. I am adding a dining room and will be removing a load bearing wall between the living room and the new dining room. I need help calculating what size beam, what type to use, and if the I beam I already have will work...
  11. Building & Construction
    I'm about the begin building a detached garage and have encountered a few issues that are giving me a headache. Before I get into those, here's some basics about the project: - 22' x 24' Structure - Floating Slab w / shoulder footings - 1 Course 6" block (8" tall) - 2x4 Framing - 8'8" wall...
  12. Remodeling
    I have a very unique situation. I am remodeling my attic and we have a small section of attic that is only 6 feet tall at it's highest point, with slanted walls from that point on down. It is a 23 feet by 13 foot space though, so I didn't want to waste it seeing as we are turning our attic into...
  13. Building & Construction
    I am removing a 10'5" load bearing wall on the first floor of a two story, pier and beam house. I've gotten the engineered calculation, the beam (3'1/2"X12 llam), built the support walls(of course my second floor joists didn't overlap enough for ONE temp wall to support them all...) NOW my...
  14. 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...
  15. Building & Construction
    So here's the situation. I am removing a load bearing wall where 2x8 ceiling joists overlap. There was previously a flat roof on these joists so they are decked with plywood/osb. The plan is to provide support with temporary walls on either side of the wall to be removed, remove the wall, cut...
  16. Building & Construction
    So I am starting a remodel on my basement and in talking with the building inspector he says that if I want to get a permit and have it inspected I need to install an egress window in the bedroom of the basement. Attached is a picture of what I have down there now. the window is 29" wide. the...
  17. Building & Construction
    Well, easy for you guys. I need to install a doubled up 2x8 LVL header above a basement window, and then some joist hangers on the face. The header will sit parallel to the rim joist and on top of the treated sill plate. Should I build the doubled up LVL beam first and then from the outside...
  18. Carpentry
    I attached a picture to easily explain. How do I attach a beam to the floor joist securely. Header that the beam will carry spans over 4 joist. Header will carry about 1/4 of the load up top(another floor plus osb roof and asphalt shingles) Cannot connect to bottom floor of basement because it...
  19. Building & Construction
    I have a raised ranch house, built in the 1970's and I am looking in to replacing the header over the garage. The garage is located in the basement level of my house with the main level being over the basement. I noticed that the header over the garage door has sagged about an inch in the...
  20. Building & Construction
    I want to remove this load bearing wall(see photos) I have had extremely high estimates($1400) for an engineer for this project to determine necessary beam etc. Is it safe or possible to remove a section from window to window(removing windows) a header to support load? thanks for your advice...
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