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  1. General DIY Discussions
    My garage is 19' by 25', stick build. It is unfinished all around, without drywall or attic. The rafters going to the peak are 2 x 6, 24" on center. Then the joists/rafter ties going across the 19' span, parallel with the ground are 2 x 6, spaced 48" on center (connected @ every other...
  2. Building & Construction
    I want to build an A-frame. seems weird, at least that's what I hear. I was wondering if it's advisable to to frame in a first floor and then build an A-frame on top of that. Will be constructing a 16"W X 8"H continuous footing with a mason block foundation wall. I was also wondering if anyone...
  3. Roofing/Siding
    Okay, this is my first post here ever... I have a home in Southeastern Kansas that was originally constructed with 3-tab shingles in 1974. The spacing for the 2"x6" rafters are 20" on center. The decking is 3/4" plywood with an occasional cheap replacement of OSB in a couple spots... The...
  4. Building & Construction
    HI All Please look at the pictures and advise if you think its ok to remove studs... im almost 99% sure but would like more eyes on it to be sure... dont want to end up crushed by my staircase. Sooo, the staricase is suported by two columns that appear to hold the landing and one at the base...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hello, I need to repair or replace a rotten rim joist on my house and have posted pics below. Assuming I get rid of what caused the rot in the first place, I have three questions about my options to fix the rotten board: 1. Given the board is not completely rotted through (it is rotten up to...
  6. Building & Construction
    I live in a 44-year-old Cape Cod style house, just bought the house last October. I never really noticed this before, but last night I noticed that the big main beam that runs the whole length of the house is crooked. The beam runs the whole length of the basement: Not the "length" way -...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I have an 100 old house that when winds are 80 km/h or more slighly moves. The movement, very subltle but noticeable in the second floor, is parallel to the bearing walls. Only once during hurricane Igor did I feel it in the first floor when gusts reached 120 km/h. I could describe it as...
  8. Flooring
    Hello everyone, Based on the feedback I started a new thread with all the details on the construction for my new addition on second floor master bath Travertine tiles. Can someone confirm the structure and floor strength, deflection ratio, etc. Here it is 18 by 18 honed and filled Travertine...
  9. Building & Construction
    I'm attempting to install a sliding glass door in an exterior brick wall but have some concerns with the construction process. I have heard that a door shouldn't be installed within 2-4 feet of a corner and was wondering if there is something that could be done to work around this and still...
  10. Remodeling
    Hello to all who answer this and thank you for your help :) My question is this: I have a 2 story home built in 1927 with 4 bedrooms. The last owners had one of the bedrooms renovated into a bathroom. The problem started with a slow flush, so out came part of kitchen ceiling to look at...
  11. Building & Construction
    I need to build approx 20-foot high structure that will be attached to a water slide. It needs to have stairs. i need to know how wide it will have to be and make sure it is sturdy enough.....thanks.
  12. Building & Construction
    I am going to finish an attic 'bonus' room. However, before I start I need to find out what regulation/code governs my changing of the 2x4 'posts' that seem to 'hold up' the house. Any idea? See pic attached.
  13. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    This vine is growing on my house. My wife likes how it looks. I don't really care. I think that it's growing into my attic. Can these cause any structural problems? Should I chop it down? Is there anything that I should be aware of?
  14. Carpentry
    Our church has approx. 10-12 a/c units we need to protect from year round falling leaves, twigs, branches, etc. The structure needs to be ridgid and allow us to maintain the units. If you have any ideas for us, we would appreciate it greatly. Thanks for your time and help.
  15. Painting
    I need to paint on my roof which is on a slant. Is there some sort of structure I could build with wood (2by4's) to attach to my roof? I CAN nail into my roof but just not into the shingles. I was thinking of building a structure about 8 feet wide that would make myself level with the ground...
  16. Building & Construction
    I need help to determine my options for opening up a floor plan for a ranch house I want to buy. I am not a construction/engineer, but understand the terminology. Here are my questions and the facts that I have, but I am sure I need more information to figure this out. Help!! OBJECTIVES FOR...
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