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  1. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, I have a question regarding the use of 1x4 lumber as diagonal bracing to prevent racking in un-sheathed walls. It appears that in the building code, when a wall is unsheathed (i.e. uses no plywood or uses non structural sheathing such as foam insulation) then diagonal bracing is...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, I'm trying to secure a 4x4 fence post via a 4x4 metal post anchor (with 4 bolt holes on its base) to a concrete post as part of a gate structure. The gate (only ~36" wide) is in the middle of a driveway, and I wanted to be able to remove the structure if I need to resume using the...
  3. Building & Construction
    I've got a question about mounting an LCD TV to a brick fireplace, similar to this other one i had found: http://www.diychatroom.com/f19/fireplace-brick-veneer-tv-mounting-89188/ My question has to do with the integrity of the brick itself. I'm trying to mount a 46" LCD TV (probably 60lbs or...
  4. Building & Construction
    I have two contractors who gave me different opinion what to do. The outside of my shear wall will be flush to the outside of concrete foundation. So plywood will sit on top of concrete foundation. I don't know if I need to leave a gap between them. A contractor told me I need to leave at...
  5. Carpentry
    In the process of adding an addition I am required to shear an existing exterior wall. I removed the stucco, added insulation and now I'm ready to shear it with plywood. There is an existing window on this wall and my question is, how do I shear around the window? I have 4 other windows...
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