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  1. Basement stair stringer support- Help please

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello, Can anyone tell me if the top of these stair stringers are supported adequately? We are about to list our house and I wanted to find out if I should do anything extra to provide more support or ease the minds of home inspectors/ new owners. We have lived in the house for 10 years and...
  2. Replace bottom of 20ft high wall with cinderblock

    Building & Construction
    Hi there, new member here, not new to the construction game. I have a 20 ft high wall that has two layers of fire rated drywall on each side. Framing is metal. (I am a commercial metal framer) I'd like to replace the bottom with cinderblock as a means of waterproofing within the room (Ie water...
  3. Deck posts as Railing posts?

    Building & Construction
    Building a 16'x20'wide deck, 6 feet above ground level. Using 6x6s for deck posts. Deck posts will be buried min 5' underground and sit on a concrete pad (below frost line). My question is...is there any reason that I should not run my deck posts through the deck, up 3' and use for railing posts?
  4. Additional support for granite fireplace hearth and surround?

    Building & Construction
    I am having a fairly large granite fireplace surround added soon. The hearth, two leg, and mantle pieces together total about 720 pounds (40 sq feet). I have had a professional mason parge and prep the floor and walls to allow the stone to be epoxy-ed to the walls (as advised by the granite...
  5. Pergola 20X20 on existing concrete slab (4")

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    General question while I continue to do some research: I live in the midwest (MO) where temps can get pretty cold in the winter. I currently have a 20X24 concrete slab patio, and I would like to build a pergola to provide shade and a wind barrier (I live on a hill that gets considerable...
  6. Bowed floor joists

    Building & Construction
    Hello. My house if about 50 years old. I recently noticed that some of the floor joists in my basement are bowing. Actually, I do not know if bowing is the right word. The joists seem straight horizontally. However, they are bowed vertically where they come to rest on a metal support beam in...
  7. Replacing 6x6 support post in basement...

    General DIY Discussions
    We are looking to replace the only basement support post/column because it has a bit of previous rot (dry now). The house is 50+ years old, small, one storey, and all other bearing points for joists and the beam (with a lap connection at column) are on the foundation wall. Our issue is that...
  8. Back Porch Rebuild Ideas?

    Building & Construction
    Hi all, I did post about this in the past but want some more advice on say "what you would do if this were your house". I want to do this right because I not only want it to be safe, look nice, as well as last a long time, but I also want it to be legal. This is on a row house built in the...
  9. What type of Box is needed for ceiling fan?

    Electrical
    Hi folks, I am remodeling a workshop for an art studio. I have a 2 socket wall socket in my ceiling and a single size plastic electrical box in the ceiling, nailed to the cross beam/joist. I am wondering if that is strong enough to use for a 50 inch habor breeze ceiling fan or if I need to...
  10. added bearer support?

    Building & Construction
    Pardon my terminology if it is incorrect. The bearer is made up of 3 2x8's. Oak I am told. It rests on the foundation walls with a support in the middle. It has a cutout of 5" x 6" with a post jack supporting it. (see attached picture) I would like to get rid of the post jack. Can I sister...
  11. Floor Support for a Walk in Shower

    Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hey All, Thank you in advance for the responses: I have installed a shower pan using concrete, membrane concrete. It is a 3'x8' walk in shower. To get the proper leveling I used equivalent to 3" of concrete base (x11 60lb) bags or 660 lbs of concrete. The floor joist are 2"x8" and (guessing)...
  12. Please help! How to add floor joist to re support floor

    Remodeling
    I have a very unique situation. I am remodeling my attic and we have a small section of attic that is only 6 feet tall at it's highest point, with slanted walls from that point on down. It is a 23 feet by 13 foot space though, so I didn't want to waste it seeing as we are turning our attic into...
  13. Can I move jack posts

    Building & Construction
    My Basement is a backward L shape. So they have used 2 I beams. one that runs the length then stops at the one that runs across when it changes directions. The pics will help. There are 3 jack post in one small area across and I want to finish my basement and need to move them for the hallway to...
  14. Wood rot bay door wall behind paver steps

    Carpentry
    Being newbie home owners of our first new house we had a paver patio installed with steps leading to our bay doorwall. The steps started to sink revealing some wood rot behind a couple of bricks so we started taking apart only to find an ungodly amount of rot. We have no idea how to repair this...
  15. Temporary wall construction

    Building & Construction
    I'm doing a remodel to remove a wall dividing the kitchen from an addition on the back of the house. The opening will be appx 24'. I've already got the beam ready, and now I'm working on creating a temporary support wall. My question is simple. Is it ok to create 3 separate 8' support walls...
  16. Installing Pantry Shelving

    Carpentry
    Hello All, We are in the process of building a corner step in pantry. The two "long" walls will be 4'2" each (which will be the span of the shelves). I plan to use 9" deep shelves up above, and 12" shelves below (to store deeper items like appliances). What I'm wondering is if I run a 1x2...
  17. Attaching beams to columns

    Building & Construction
    I'm building a gazebo to go over a hot tub I've just ordered. The dimensions of the gazebo (not counting the soffit overhang) is 10' x 9'. I'm putting seven 4x4 posts in a "U" shape. In other words, I'll have posts in 4 corners, and then additional posts in the middle on each side of the gazebo...
  18. Removing a Knee wall.

    Building & Construction
    Im removing a knee wall. It has a beam built out 2 2x4s going to the vaulted ceiling. There is small attic space. One of the 2x4s is connected to side of a ceiling joicst and the other one isnt nailed in to ceiling at all. But there is extra boards up there in the joicsts that look like they are...
  19. Adding support for new hot tub on an existing deck.

    Building & Construction
    Hi, I will be putting a 5200 pound (with water, people, etc.) hot tub on my existing 12’ by 30’ deck (circa 1990). It weighs more my truck. I know I need to reinforce the deck. I just wanted to run these initial thoughts past the group. Here are some specifics on the existing deck: The deck...
  20. Floor joist sister/replace help; 100+ y/o home

    Flooring
    My Philly row home, built in the 1890's, is due for some upgrades. My current project is flooring, and more specific than that, replacing or sister joists to make up for a bit of settling. My joists are 3" thick and 8" high. They go directly into the brick foundation, as it appears the bricks...
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