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  1. Carpentry
    Hi all, If this topic has been covered here, please feel free to post links and I will do my reading before asking more follow up questions. We are remodeling a roughly 20 year old 2 story colonial. In removing the ceilings on the first floor, we found a cracked joist. The joists are 2x12 -...
  2. Flooring
    Hello all first time poster (to any internet discussion board) here! So I am in the process of a major home addition. The addition is 24’x48’ rectangle with a basement that I intend on finishing in the coming years. When I ordered the flooring system I didn’t plan on the basement but long story...
  3. Building & Construction
    Sistering 170 yr. old Basement Beams with a Bowed ceiling I have about 20 170 year old beams in my basement that I want to sister. With a 2 x 8 on each side. The old beams are big old growth...
  4. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    As I've expected all of my bathroom's interior wall studs are metal (aluminum?) They seem pretty flimsy and are holding what seems to be a Greenboard in most of the areas (the house was built in 1997). The only exception was the tub surround where I've had about 2 feet of cement board: My...
  5. Flooring
    Good morning, I have an issue with some floor sagging and deflection. Can anyone tell me if they have experienced the problems I mention below, and if they have advice on the fixes? Background: I have an older home, built in 1959. The room/floor I am concerned with is just under 14' wide...
  6. Building & Construction
    My latest project is to relocate a small scuttle hatch from a bedroom to the hallway and install a pull down attic stairs. Ultimately, I would like to store seasonal stuff (i.e. Christmas trees, etc.). BACKGROUND ========== -1960's colonial -ceiling joists are 2x6" with 16 O.C. framing -roof...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hello, I recently gutted a large room where the plaster was in bad shape and the there was no insulation in the exterior walls. The room above this one has a decent amount of bound in the floor and when I open the ceiling in the large room I found that whoever put up this addition framed the...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hi there everyone I have a problem in the Toilet area of my home, the weatherboards have become rotten before I owned the property and now this has rooted the upright studs and the floor plate. What is the easiest way to fix this, my plan was to remove the siding from the outside then cut the...
  9. Carpentry
    i ripped out my bathroom and found what i was expecting: to enable the layout of fixtures, the previous owners, harm doers, cut large beam holes for plumbing, as a result of which they sagged some over time. they are original 2x10 (the house was built in 1909) and they are 12 ft long (the...
  10. Building & Construction
    I want to add some sister joists to a 16' span. Its a 90 year old house with 2x8 joists. The only problem is my service entrance wire goes right through the middle of the span (since the meter is on the opposite side of the house as the breaker panel). I can not cut and move the service wire...
  11. Carpentry
    Hello I have a 2 story, balloon framing house. The second floor bedroom has some bounce in it. The joists are 2x8x16. I have the the room completely gutted. The floor on top of the joists are gone and the ceiling below the joists is gone. So, I have complete access to these joists. I was...
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