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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'm converting the attic space above my garage into livable space and I will be installing 2 sets of doubled up LVLs (14" depth) to break up the spans of the existing ceiling joists. Currently my ceiling joists are 2"x10"s and span 24'. I plan on installing each pair of LVLs 5' from the walls so...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi all. I have a question related to jack studs and/or a post. We previously removed a load bearing wall. The engineer specified a beam of 2- 2X12 supported by 3 - 2X4 jack studs on either end. I am removing essentially a second (similar wall; same span and well supported below). Based on the...
  4. Building & Construction
    I have a shop area behind my garage that is split in two by a sort of "partition wall". The dimensions of the first room are 8' x 21' and the dimensions of the second room are 10.5' x 21'. The wall is in between the 8' and 10.5' measurements - so if the wall was remove the rafters would be...
  5. 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...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    Hi. I've been a Roofer/Sider for most of my life and never encountered a problem like this before. The Builder who built the house I am roofing messed up big time. Just finished the entire roof (half 12 pitch and shed dormers on the other half with that half with a 7 pitch) with asphalt...
  7. Carpentry
    Hi, I have a 3-fam in Somerville, MA, and I want to replace a bearing wall with a beam in my kitchen, which has recently been demo'd to the studs. I was told that LVLs would be 18" height, which would basically mean I'd have to duck my head when walking around the room, so, we've been looking...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hello, I purchased brand new single family house 6 months ago to learn that the builder did not secure any of the LVLs together. I have several top loaded as well as some sided-loaded LVLs (3-ply and 4-ply) which have not a single nail or a bolt to hold them together. Some of them span more...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Building & Construction
    We need to have installed a new physical roof on our home due to the short life of the existing flat roofs that are leaking. Since the kitchen roof is flat and actually drains towards a 2nd floor room, we decided to replace it now and also expand the kitchen by 5 feet into an existing storage...
  12. Building & Construction
    need some advice: i had an engineer come out and draw up a support beam for a wall i am removing. its going to be approx 15 ft long and 6x6. the plan calls for 2 2x6s under each side. how do i secure the steel beam to the supports??? we were originally thinking using LVL but it was...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have two 1-7/8 x 11-7/8 LVL's which span 22' for a gutter which are bowed. When i placed the two beams in i tried to use "their bowing" against one an other, kind of like setting the shape of the letter 'u' on top of the shape of the letter 'n', used a bunch of "C"-clamps and nailed the two...
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