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  1. Building & Construction
    I'm working on building a home theater in my basement, and I need to move some pipes: I'm wondering if I can remove or move the "blocking" between the joists so I can re-route the drain pipes to run between the joists. If I can't remove it entirely, I could probably just move it to the other...
  2. 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...
  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 have a vented crawl space with a dirt floor and vapor barrier. It's only about 2 feet from the dirt floor to the bottom of the floor joist. We live in Tennessee and it gets pretty humid here. We have a dehumidifier in the crawl space but as an extra precaution I'd like to paint the...
  5. Remodeling
    How would I approach this problem, if replacing the joist, jacking it up, or sistering it end to end is 100% not an option? I just want to add some blocking between the joists in my bathroom, before I screw down the new plywood subfloor... But the 2x10 joist cavity is a 1/4" wider up top, than...
  6. Building & Construction
    So, I did something foolish. I'm replacing the toilet in my master bathroom, and cut out a much larger piece of my subfloor than I likely should have. There is no joist running next to the wall for me to fasten my new 5/8 plywood on to. To complicate things further, the closest joist seems to be...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone I am looking for thoughts or ideas on why my place moves every time someone walks across the floor, my computer monitor rocks so much it's hard to read. I was originally told it was the screw piles but now they are gone. I am attaching picture of the floor joists, could this be part...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am at planning stage of my deck and watched enough videos on the subject. I just want to confirm few things and get some opinion about some issues before I actually start digging post holes. I am planning deck at least 16 feet by 22 feet, can be little more or less depending on any structure...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hi All! My framer did a joist repair that looks kind of questionable. The old joist was cut and needed to be sistered, but in order to get the new joist in he shaved about an inch off the top so he could slide it under the plywood attached to the floor above. The new joist is not touching the...
  10. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I started on what I thought would be a pretty surface level renovation and found a couple of issues. 1) Found that a toilet had been leaking for a while. I removed everything which seemed to be mush but uncovered some limited damage to the subfloor and one joist. a) The tile on the floor...
  11. Building & Construction
    Recently moved into a house with a heated garage, but no insulation above the garage. Figured while we're up there adding insulation, we might as well put in a floor and use that space for storage. We wired up a couple lights and got some 2'x8' sheets of 3/4" OSB up there, but before we attach...
  12. Carpentry
    I'm creating a first floor wet room and pulled up the floorboards and found joists in mixed condition. Short question is should I replace them? If so, am I right in thinking 6x2 at 400 centres should suffice in this room which is 2m x 1.7m. According to the tables I should be well within the...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello everybody, I am in the middle of rebuilding my shower's floor because leaks damaged the subfloor (engineered wood). Please help me with how I can redo the subfloor without impacting the walls that surround the shower in three directions. I've removed the floor layers, including most of...
  14. Building & Construction
    I'm planning on building a 16x25 ground level deck off the back of the house where about half of the area already has a concrete slab for support and the other half is grass where I plan on using concrete deck blocks as support for my joists which will be 2x6's. I know the number one thing for a...
  15. Building & Construction
    Short version: NEED DIRECTION! - selling house - home inspection revealed joist separated from band joist - inspector concerned about the amount of joist actually resting on sill plate. (looks like about 3/4"), I would be too. - band joist is the actual problem. - foundation was cracked when a...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, Quick question - I'm curious how a professional would order material to retop an existing deck. My deck is roughly 20' x 28' diagonal decking 5/4 in. Cedar Lumber. I'm wondering if I should simply order long boards to cover the surface area? or should I actually inventory...
  17. 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...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am converting my attached garage into a 2nd bathroom, closet and small master bedroom extension (~120 sq ft). I have to raise the garage slab floor about a foot or so to meet the raised house floor level. However, my basement floor joists 2x6 run different directions in the kitchen vs...
  19. Flooring
    I have a similar question out on another thread but this one is a bit different so I will give it a shot here. I live in a 1910 1 and 1/2 story house. The second level was built on 2x6 (1.5 X 5.5 actual) floor joists. One section has the span at about 12 feet which I know is too far for those...
  20. Carpentry
    I live in a 1910 1 and 1/2 story house. The second level was built on 2x6 (1.5 X 5.5 actual) floor joists. One section has the span at about 14 feet which I know is too far for those joists. Currently this part of the house is a half bath but I am planning to convert it to a full bath. My...
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