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  1. Building & Construction
    I'm adding a shed dormer and I'm looking for input on whether a top plate is needed when a window header spans the full length of the wall. The image below describes the framing I'm looking to use. The height of the front dormer wall (measured from the top of the current roof rafters to the...
  2. Building & Construction
    Is there a legitimate reason why the wall inside the roof edge assembly would be left open? The section that is open is above a kitchen window. All construction appears to be original in this 1950's home. Also, should not the sheathing on the wall assembly extend up past the top of the floor...
  3. Building & Construction
    When installing the top plate for an interior non load-bearing in a basement what size of nail should I use to nail the top plate into the blocking and joists? Is it 16d or some other size, because a 16d will stick out half an inch if I nail through the blocking. Also, when attaching the top...
  4. Carpentry
    I'm adding a partition wall in the basement. It will be directly under a laminated beam, which is supported by lolly columns; the wall will enclose the columns. So the wall is not structural, just a divider. Question: to meet code, do I need a top plate under the beam or can I nail the 2x4s...
  5. Building & Construction
    Can I Have a Top Plate Under/Along a Metal Basement Beam Hello everyone. First post from me. A big thanks to all the great information I've gleaned from all of you so far. I've insulated my basement (rigid foam glued to walls) and am about to start framing. I'm adding two interior walls, one...
  6. Building & Construction
    My kitchen ceiling sags as a result of a bearing wall being removed. I had an engineer come out a few years back. Basically, he said that a header needed to be installed in the ceiling and he spec'd out the beam for me. I didn't have time to work on it then and let it be. Now that I am ready to...
  7. HVAC
    I am in the planning stage of putting in a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) in a two-story colonial with basement. I have central air located in the basement with a full set of supply and return ducts in every room (except none in the unfinished basement, and no return ducts in the two bathrooms...
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