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  1. Carpentry
    Hello all! I was hoping to get some insight into what I would need to do to add a tray ceiling going up rather than a dropbox coming down and reducing the headroom. The garage in question is 19’x 24’ with a hip roof. The tray would be off center as there is a 5’W room running the whole width of...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm currently building a house using a Ryan Homes and I was told that the Gap between headers and walls is acceptable (no problem if a few inches of the connecting nail is visible) or the builder is just being lazy. Is there any code I can refer to if he keeps saying that it's safe?
  3. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Looking to remodel my master bathroom and want to install tile from floor to ceiling on almost every wall, as well as floor, and Custom tile shower. Bathroom is 12’x 10’ with 2 protruding 42” full height walls (parallel with floor joist) to separate shower/tub/toilet. 1/2” durock on walls 1/4”...
  4. Building & Construction
    We're in the middle of a bathroom remodel and looking to remove an interior wall that enclosed the shower, so that we can expand the shower footprint. Things were going pretty well until I found that the interior wall appears to be tied in to the exterior wall. That said, it really just looks...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hey Everyone, We've heard that older houses (especially add-ons) may in fact include closets and bulkheads/soffits that are structural. I haven't really seen this problem in newer houses. Our 150-year old house (with an add-on) has a closet/shelf "bulkhead" next to a chimney that we want to...
  6. Building & Construction
    I have these 2x4 "supports" at each end of my attic and I was wondering if they could be removed. I believe they were for vents going through the floor to the roof but, since that's been removed could these then be removed giving more space? Even removing the two closest to the center of the...
  7. Building & Construction
    We removed an old front porch deck and found that we had an old post that had rotted from the bottom that was supposed to be supporting a roof overhang. I have a temporary post up and am looking to replace it (thankfully the termites didn't make it too far up) Running in to an issue because its...
  8. Remodeling
    This weekend my husband went up to the roof to clean it and just check it out. This was his first time up there. We had an inspection on buying the house and the inspector said it was fine. Well my husband discovered two large south facing skylights that would shine into the attic, if they...
  9. Remodeling
    This weekend my husband went up to the roof to clean it and just check it out. This was his first time up there. We had an inspection on buying the house and the inspector said it was fine. Well my husband discovered two large south facing skylights that would shine into the attic, if they...
  10. Building & Construction
    I'm remodeling my 1904 balloon framed house. I have a hip roof. I'm removing a couple walls, so I asked a structural engineer for plans. They don't make any sense to me. Plans Here's the before and after blueprints. I circled the walls in question. The blue lines are my ceiling joists which run...
  11. Building & Construction
    Sorry, no photos were taken upon discovery. I have a 1953 Ranch house in South Dakota. 2x4 walls. Roof framing is 2x4 rafters & 2x4 ceiling joists with plywood gussets. No ridge board/beam. Roof sheathing is planking, 1x6 plank I think but might be 2x6 possibly, foggy memory. At some point, I...
  12. Remodeling
    I'm remodeling an old 1904 Craftsman style house. I suspect it's balloon framing. I want to remove half of this wall, but don't know if I need to install a LVL beam. Does this look load bearing? There is a large attic, but it is not living space up there. The wall is 15' long, half the width of...
  13. Building & Construction
    We recently moved into a new (to us) house that was built in 1991. The basement was framed when the house was built, but it is still unfinished. We want to finish the basement, but have a few pre-questions. This is in Illinois if it matters. When the basement was framed out in 1991, the wood...
  14. Building & Construction
    I googled: -- "replace brick pillar" HSS OR post -- replace "brick pillar" -- etc Why are there no videos of replacing a brick pillar with an HSS post? A structural beam runs through the middle of the basement ceiling in my 2-storey house, supported by 3 equidistant brick pillars (each 2-bricks...
  15. Building & Construction
    We moved into a new home last year and I’m still adjusting to it. It’s a two story home and when it’s REALLY windy out, you can hear the house creaking. Today I took my baby into his room for the first time and we were laying on the ground playing. It’s rather windy and I could hear the attic...
  16. Building & Construction
    A team came out to mount a TV on a wall in the finished basement of our house (3 floors total - main, upper, and basement). They drilled the first hole in the wall and stopped because they felt a “pop” and thought they hit a PVC pipe. A plumber came out and determined it’s not a pipe but a metal...
  17. Building & Construction
    I'm noticing a series of running brick cracks and bent floor joists, then noticing they're under a chimney stack. If those two are connected versus coincidental, would be great to hear advice on how to support that corner. I created this video for a family friend to give an opinion...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an existing garage that the back side is below grade. There are 4 exposed blocks on the inside from concrete floor to sill plate. There are no problems, no water, no seeping etc. The existing garage/ damp proofing acts as it should. I would like to cut in a door to the backyard and...
  19. Drywall & Plaster
    I am working on the finishes for a new home build that will be breaking ground in at least a month and I have an extensive history of remodeling kitchens/baths etc. That being said, I have always liked the idea of using something like a shadow bead for the drywall and that has led me down the...
  20. Building & Construction
    I have porch attached to the exterior wall of the house roof is pitched away from the house: similar construction to mine I am in the process of gutting it and want a vaulted ceiling. There are ceiling joists running perpendicular to the rafters (i.e. from side to side, parallel with wall of...
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