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  1. Carpentry
    I am going to build a partition wall that goes from floor to rafter. There are collar ties. So, two questions: 1. Should I attach the wall studs to the collar ties or the rafters themselves? If I attach them to the rafters, should I cut a notch out of the studs to go around the ties? 2. When...
  2. Electrical
    Hi i just removed my ceiling box and found a brace going across nailed to 2 studs that are coming down at an angle mended together at the meeting point. I was going to remove the brace bar and install a ceiling fan brace. there was a ceiling fan on it before and was wobbling so decided to change...
  3. Carpentry
    I have a freestanding wooden shelving unit I want to secure to the studs on the wall as they're leaning forward. However, I'd only be able to secure 1 side since the studs measure ~23" apart whereas the shelving unit is 26.5" apart. What can I do to properly secure both sides onto the studs?
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi, I've just moved to a new condo in Canada. It's a concrete-framed condo, but with standard drywall interior in the suite. When I knock on it, it sounds hollow. I've lived in a wood-framed house before, and whenever I needed to hang stuff (TV, photo frames, mirrors..etc), I would usually...
  5. Interior Decorating
    Hi, I've just moved to a new condo in Canada. It's a concrete-framed condo, but with standard drywall interior in the suite. I've lived in a wood-framed house before, and whenever I needed to hang stuff (TV, photo frames, mirrors..etc), I would usually find the studs in the drywall to hang...
  6. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I am mounting a new recessed medicine cabinet in the center of a 58" vanity wall. This cabinet has a 30x24" large oval mirror as its door. The cutout to mount it in the center of the 58" wall will require that a 14" x 18" hole be cut out of the drywall. The 14X18 hole will involve a stud...
  7. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi! We had a under the cabinet microwave above the stove with a vent. We want to replace the microwave with an exhaust fan. The vent was behind the microwave and is on a exterior wall. We thought this would be a easy swap and removed the microwave. Then realized that there is a stud in the...
  8. Building & Construction
    I'm trying to find out how much weight a stud can hold. The studs are 2x4 correctly built into my home (or so i hope...) Assuming the mounted objects are mounted to the the stud with a mount that has the height to width ration correct and equal to the weight and directional pull of the object...
  9. Building & Construction
    I'm wall-mounting a large/heavy tv and one of the two studs I intend to use measures 2.5" wide with my stud finder, and the center of the 2.5" stud is 16" from the center of the other stud (which is 1.5" wide). I thought maybe a double stud, but that would be 3". Thoughts on the odd stud and...
  10. Electrical
    I am replacing an old vanity lighting bar with two vanity lights. The existing wire is not secured in a junction box. My problem is that the location I need to install one of the new lights to center over the faucet is directly over a stud; so if I install a drywall junction box I will have to...
  11. Home Theater
    How do I do an in-wall cable routing job for a wall-mounted TV if there are horizontal studs in the route I want to take? I bought a Legrand CMK70 kit, which comes with a circular saw to cut two holes and an AC power kit to go between the top and bottom. I thought it would be easy using this...
  12. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hey everyone, I'm a new guy here, but have been doing DIY projects for a little while now (about 5+ years). So my new dilema... Im about to takle a bathroom remodel, complete gut job. I had to replace the tub about 2 weeks ago b/c it decided to get a hole in itself before I actully wanted to...
  13. Building & Construction
    I want to install ceiling hooks in my back screened-in porch from which to hang plants. I'm having a terrible time finding the ceiling joists. I'm planning to use Stanley 3-7/8" #4 Zinc-Plated, Round Screw Ceiling Hooks...
  14. Building & Construction
    Sorry another post. So I got my first load of 2x3's in. But the PT 2x3's are only 2 1/8" wide. I'm wondering if that's normal? Will this be too thin for a good solid wall base plate? I was thinking of a couple options if it is too thin: 1. Use regular 2x3 and apply a water proof sealer to...
  15. Building & Construction
    Ok so I know to find out if my room is square or not. Use the 3,4,5 method or the 6,8,10 method if you have a larger room. I'm off by 1/2" give or take, it's really close. So now, how do I square this corner for framing?
  16. Building & Construction
    http://menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tools/compressors-and-pneumatic-tools/nailers-staplers/surebonder-offset-round-clipped-head-3-1-2-framing-nailer/p-1796004-c-12912.htm Would this nail gun be sufficient for framing my basement walls? I plan on using 10d 6.35cm framing nails and...
  17. Building & Construction
    I'm using 2x3's to frame my entire theater room. interior walls will be double walled as well. What is the best way to frame corners in a single and double wall assembly using 2x3? Will the California Corner work with studs of this size and for the double wall? I will be placing 2 layers of...
  18. Building & Construction
    1. What is the proper spacing of nails when attaching the bottom stud plate to the concrete floor? 2. Since I'm using PT studs for the bottom plates do I still need to put a visqueen barrier or sill foam between them and the concrete floor? 3. What is the best way to frame a single door...
  19. Building & Construction
    I need to cut 2 adjacent studs in my barn. This is a unfinished interior 24x32 structure. My plans are to cut the studs out and frame it like a window. The locker is 36" x 72' metal. I intend to install the locker in the opening and secured in place by using lagscrews thru the side of the...
  20. Building & Construction
    I installed a small dog door a couple of years ago. I installed it as close as I could to the back door. It ended up being between the door frame and a stud that is 5 1/2 inches away. The small dog door fit perfectly between the 2. Now we have a bigger dog, I bought the next bigger door, but to...
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