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  1. Remodeling
    Greetings All, I hired a structural engineer and he has "ghosted" me. So, I thought I'd get everyone's input on this. Like a lot of people out there, I am removing a wall to expand a kitchen. This house is a (1964) "stick built" one-story ranch with basement [see attached photo], and has a hip...
  2. Remodeling
    I have a wall that my wife wants to remove but I do not know if it is a load bearing wall or not. I would like to get some feedback before paying an engineer to come in. If the wall is load bearing we will leave it as is because there is not enough money in the budget to add beams, etc...
  3. Building & Construction
    I am removing a load bearing wall and need to install a w5x16 steel beam. I am responsible for the permit but I got an engineer to tell me what beam to use. The permit office tells me I need to show, on my drawing how the beam will attach to the column, at the top of the columns ( I can use 3...
  4. Remodeling
    I am working on two different remodels in my house and I waited to start the one involving removing a wall until I had the bathroom above it cleared out. The wall in question is a dividing wall between the two master closets. The wall runs parallel to the floor joists for the second story. My...
  5. Remodeling
    I'm starting a basement remodel and planning to take out a couple of walls to open the basement up. I'm 99% sure the walls are not load-bearing, so I'm just hoping for help to get that 100% confirmation. I'm a DIYer with some moderate experience around my own house, but any thoughts from more...
  6. Carpentry
    Hello, everyone, Here is my situation. I am creating a pantry 4 feet deep (2 feet in kitchen and 2 feet in form of a bump-out into the adjoining laundry room). There are no plumbing issues or electrical issues involved. I want to create an 5 to 6 foot opening thru what was once the...
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