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  1. Drywall & Plaster
    Assume existing walls 9'6" apart. No wood allowed for reasons of fire prevention; metal and drywall only. What metal studs, C channel, etc can be used to support 5/8" drywall as a ceiling so it won't sag in the middle? What construction technique should be used to limit cost but still get the...
  2. Building & Construction
    for a glulam beam, the span would be between column supports, not the full length when reading the span charts? This will be a 48' beam supported by a middle column and one column each gable end fastned with simpson post caps. The beam will then continue past gable end on each side by 2 feet...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I am building a monopitch/leanto cabin that will be 7.5' on the short wall and 12' on the tall wall. The distance between walls will be 18' (12' wide on the other axis) . That gives us a pitch of 3:12. So my question is... what is the best way to span that 18' (18.55' with the pitch)...
  4. Building & Construction
    I discovered termites in my house, my guess is there was probably more than one colony over the years. I used Termidor and the wood eaters have been destroyed. There is some damage to a few floor joists (2x8). I took my 3 speed impact driver I tested a bunch of areas on speed 1. I cant get a...
  5. Building & Construction
    I finally got around to designing my backyard via the image below. I'm looking for constructive feedback before I begin. I live in North Florida. The pergola posts will be 18 inches from the house wall and retaining wall. I may move them in another 6 inches to have a longer overhang. Are the...
  6. Carpentry
    We have basically rebuilt this house to the point of replacing exterior walls and floor joists. I'm saving the tongue and groove bead board ceiling. However, the original ceiling joists are 2 x 4's, and termite damaged to boot, probably on 24" centers (don't remember exactly). We would like to...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hey all - I am constructing a recording studio and having to pick my ceiling joist sizes on my own with out an architect. How or where do I go to help figure this out. I have a 49' x 18' 2x4 framed stud wall system and the ceiling joists need to hold two layers of 5/8 drywall for sound...
  8. 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...
  9. Building & Construction
    We are building a new patio and covering it with an aluminum arbor. The arbor will cover the patio in 2 sections: -- A-frame section 20' long by 14' wide -- Flat section 20' long by 38' wide, with a caveat: there is a Sago palm in the corner of the area that we don’t want to cover, about...
  10. Building & Construction
    Good Evening, We're gutting and renovating a three-storey home. The existing joists are 2x8" (dimensional lumber) 16" OC and spanning 15'9". There is an existing wall on the ground floor running perpendicular to the joists, though it does not run the full length of the house. When we removed...
  11. Building & Construction
    I have a existing 2.5 story with stair access to a 3rd level. This existing attic space has 2x6 @ 16oc floor (2nd floor ceiling). 2nd floor ceiling's are plaster/lathe. I have a large cathedral attic ceiling and installed closed cell spray foam in rafters and want to build an adequate attic...
  12. 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...
  13. Building & Construction
    We are remodelling our kitchen/living room. It is an old farm house that has been remodeled countless times through the years. We are taking all of the paneling off of the walls and putting up drywall. We are wanting to raise this header so it is less obtrusive. Ideally, we would get rid of...
  14. Building & Construction
    My wife and I want a covered patio addition. 37' x 13' with load bearing posts at 33' and 12' from house. don't care if beam is steel or wood, contractor says it can't be done, I find that hard to believe.
  15. Carpentry
    I have built an extension on to my kitchen. My house is a two story. When I open the existing kitchen wall to the new section there will be a 10ft opening that needs to be supported. How many 2x8 would I need to laminate to support this span.
  16. Carpentry
    I am looking to do a remodel on a 2.5 story in the kitchen. We are looking at removing a section of loading bearing wall that spans a total of 13 feet but will be broken into two sections one @ 9 feet the other @ 4 feet. We plan getting an engineer to sign off, but wanted some feedback on the...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hey all. I'm building a deck and am going to add a pergola above it for a little shade and possibly some vines. My main concern is sagging in the beams and joists. Many thanks in advance for a little advice. Here's my plan: Pergola - 24' by 12' 6x6 PT posts on concrete footers (coming...
  18. Building & Construction
    We have a two story home with an attic that's not used. We would like to remove a wall to make our living room (which is on the first floor) bigger. The wall supports the second floor (which has a bedroom and closet) and the wall between the bedroom and closet is directly above the wall we want...
  19. Carpentry
    I'm having a 14' x 11' pergola built in the back yard. The posts and beams are 6x6. The rafters are 2x6. I think it's a pretty simple design but I am concerned about the 14' span on the 6x6 beams. I fear that without a post in the middle of that 14' span there will be dipping and warping. Can...
  20. Carpentry
    I am trying to make my garage workshop all-season ready, which will involve adding a ceiling and insulation to withstand MN winter cold. The existing, detached garage is 24' wide by 20' deep, framed with 2x4s 16" o.c. throughout. The roof is 6:12 pitch, 2x4 rafters 16" o.c. with existing 2x4...
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