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    Counter Beam Sizing

    Our asbestos test came back negative on both attic insulation and the popcorn ceiling so I starting demo'ing the wall yesterday. I have a feeling Chip Gaines would have been done by now. Beam "A" ( the main one) in the ceiling ... Rests on top of the wall here... The 2 X 4 that the beam...
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    What do they call this part for the shower

    Home depot has a ton of them. Try searching for 1/2" Pex to 1/2"NPT instead of .5" I can't wait to get rid of my 3 hole shower faucets in favor of a thermostatic mixer. I have to do the kitchen first though.
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    I do have a question though.... These hanging joists in this photo Actually look like this... I "think" this was done because the builder didn't use metal brackets to secure the joists to the hanging joist but rather used nails like in the drawing. If there is another reason for this...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    I decided to buy two LVL beams today after considering a GluLam beam. It seems the LVL is what is used around here and the building supply down the street from me has plenty in stock. I bought two 11 7/8" tall by 1 3/4" thick by 16' long. I will nail them together using the pattern per the...
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    What do they call this part for the shower

    Boy, that is one ugly shower. You shoulda tore that out a long time ago. Anyway, a single handle, either pressure regulated or thermostatically controlled faucet like a Hansgrohe is the way to go. Turn the knob to the position you normally have it (your wife may have a different spot) and the...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    What kind of info would I get from these documents? More than what I can actually see was done? The weird thing is I know for a fact at least a lot of the projects were not done to code, especially with the electrical. Check this out... This is a dryer outlet (old style 3 prong). The black...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    I agree. It seems to me that the rafter force on the end walls is a bigger issue than my Wall Removal Project. Are you suggesting a collar tie on the rafter above my wall to be removed or all the rafters? I'm thinking all of them. Also, I think adding struts from the center load bearing walls up...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    This house is old and funky (like me). It was build in several stages over 51 years of time. There are (besides numerous additions), a second house built on to the first and connected together. they are truly separate structures but connected internally. The original structure with the addition...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    Bud, You are correct. I used the word truss when indeed this is a rafter system built onsite that looks somewhat like a truss system in that there are no underpurlins or strut beams but the struts go from the center of the rafter to a center point on the ceiling joist (forming a "V") that is...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    Hello. I’m planning on removing a section of a load bearing wall in our house (we moved into this house about a year ago). Trying to figure this house out is truly a mystery since it was built in several stages over a number of years. The wall to be removed originally was an exterior wall...
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    Composite I-beam question

    I'm not a structural engineer, but for such a short span, it seems like nealtw's idea in post #17 would work.
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    Let's Talk Backup Power!

    But no, the Generac 22kw is not an inverter.
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    Let's Talk Backup Power!

    Generac reports True Power™ Technology delivers best-in-class power quality with less than 5 percent total harmonic distortion for clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances. However, While there is no firm limit in the US, IEEE 519 recommends that general systems like...
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    Let's Talk Backup Power!

    IMHO The best, by far, system is either a whole house generator or a portable gen that interfaces into your circuit breaker panel. Extension cords are a hassle, especially in a power failure during a storm. Using extension cords would probably mean that something you want, won’t get power...
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    P-trap for a shower needed?

    An Air Admittance Valve (AAV or Sure-Vent 6 DUF) could solve your problem since you have access to the plumbing.
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