structural

  1. T

    Garage Conversion - Large Span

    Hi, We are converting a double detached garage at the back of our garden. It will need building regs approval because of the size (45sqm) and being at the boundary on 3 sides. I am struggling with the roof - The open span of it (5.79m) is not even in the span tables so I am imagining we will...
  2. U

    Understairs brickwork, structural?

    Hi there, My wife decided that the space under the stairs wasn’t being utilised properly so asked me to open up the space to see what could be done with it. I’m wondering if anyone could give me some advice on if this is is structural/supporting brick wall or not? Cheers, Jeff
  3. Chrisxi

    How to add new wall below existing beam

    We are adding blockwall infill to an existing 20’ x 20’ gazebo with concrete columns at all 4 corners. We will anchor the new blockwall infill on top of the existing slab perimeter which is aligned with foundation support then tie the blockwall laterally into the existing columns. How do we...
  4. C

    Structural calculations

    I have just received planning permission for an integrated garage conversion into a study and shower room. I’m adding an internal door to the hall way, bricking up and popping a window in where the existing garage door is and adding a small window at the side. I am completely ignorant. I have...
  5. J

    New roof installation - structural problems incurred

    Hi, Currently having a new roof installed and they have found rotten timbers and some structural issues. They have done the front side already which also had issues and have asked for an additional 1k to cover the extra work and materials involved with changing some of the timber and adding...
  6. D

    Steel Beam wider than Cavity Wall - Extension

    Hi Currently have a builder doing an extension on my home and it requires a 305 steel being installed on posts. My aim/instruction was to 'hide' the beam but putting it higher in the property and the floor joists will then run into it. We have a 305mm steel beam but the cavity wall is 1980s...
  7. F

    Tie bars 1930s semi

    Hello, I've just bought a 1930s semi and it has tie bars which my structural survey said suggested minor historic movement, but with no ongoing concerns. However since I've purchased, I've read lots of horror stories about tie bars being red flags for buyers and insurers, and I'm driving myself...
  8. S

    Chimney Support Bracket

    Hi I had a chimney support bracket fitted today. The bracket attaches to a sold brick wall (9"). The wall is a gable wall I specified that it be painted in red oxide paint. However, part of the bracket are not painted in red oxice and indeed some parts were installed with a thin coat of...
  9. W

    Structural partition?

    We recently bought a circa 1870 semi and have noticed something that seems unusual to me. The horizontal internal walls in the below picture appear to be stud. There appears to be a beam and brick columns about 200mm below the wall to the left of the middle door but none to the wall on the right...
  10. robertthebuilder

    I think the plumber has broke my wall...

    Hi all, First time poster here. As a bot of back ground, im getting a new kitchen fitted. The plumber, sub-contracted out by the builder, came around to do some work today. When I got back, I witnessed the following. He has essentially chased the wall (External gable end wall) through to...
  11. D

    Fireplace arch strength

    Hi all! On to another project in our home. I have picked up some lime mortar and was planning to chisel out the old mortar on the arch (about an inch), then repoint to strengthen. As well as fill In the holes where bricks have been chipped. My question is. Do you think this arch would be...
  12. K

    Can I knock this down? Wall under stairs

    Looking for some advice on if it is OK to remove this wall under my stairs. It doesn’t seem to be supporting anything but this is the assessment of two nurses not builders :) I’ve included a picture of our neighbours house who have removed this wall and they have the exact same layout as us...
  13. J

    Partially bricking up a window opening above steel beams

    Hi all, I need to reduce a window opening on the first floor from one large window into two smaller ones. Below the window are two universal beams back to back which are supporting the wall above an opening into an extension (a few courses down, not directly underneath). Before I go employing...
  14. E

    How to fit coal post steel on block and beam floor

    No longer required thank you for replies
  15. H

    Cracking in brickwork where extension meets building, SUBSIDENCE??

    Hi, I am a new member here, in the process of buying a 3 bed 2 storey 1970's house and have noticed cracking in the masonry where the rear (single storey) extension meets the building. The cracks are stepped and go through both the bricks and the mortar. The extension itself is around 15 years...
  16. three-tees

    Understanding purpose of structural support of floor

    Hi, I'm planning to utilise my basement space (previously a garage) however I'm in need of creating some additional ceiling height - especially where currently positioned there is an RSJ. In summary, I want to remove it, and replace with wood in a similar arrangement to the rest of the house...
  17. D

    Removing plaster off wall due to damp

    Hello, I was wondering if you could offer any advice. I recently had a damp issue and was advised by a contractor to cut of 1m of plaster, damp proof membrane and plasterboard and skim. After removing the plaster, this is what I found; see pics. The brick wall is in a terrible state, with...
  18. Malpighiales

    Advice needed on roof structure

    We're in the process of buying a mid-terrace Victorian/Edwardian (estimated at 1900) house and have just received our Home Buyer's Survey. Unsurprisingly, given the age of the property, it gives the impression the place is about to fall down! Most of the issues are things you'd expect of a...
  19. wilco88

    Is this wall structural?

    Hi All. I know what you are going to say, go and get the opinion of a professional struct eng. But this is a DIY forum so let's forget about the professionals for a moment. Trying to determine is the wall shaded yellow is structural? Some background. Bungalow, no second floor, so the...
  20. A

    Knocking though wall below chimney

    We have a disused space in our kitchen where the original oil boiler used to be situated. Its essentially a cupboard space made up of 4 brickwork walls, 2 of those a shared with the 2 internal load bearing walls of the property. Above is a concrete pad, below ceiling level with the remaining...
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