structural

  1. T

    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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. E

    How to fit coal post steel on block and beam floor

    No longer required thank you for replies
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. F

    Cracks, windows and panic!

    Hey, we've been in our house a couple of years now, its not a new build, think it was built in 70,so maybe... anyways in the front room we've noticed where the window meets the wall in the bottom corner its cracked quite a bit and lets through a draught. There's also a hairline crack that runs...
  14. C

    Size beam required to support stud wall?

    Hi all, I'm planning on surrounding my landing with a stud wall (replacing what was a banister). If I were to build straight off the existing outer joist (below where the previous banister sat), I would not meet the 900mm minimum width required for building regs. The width of that section of...
  15. M

    Structural support for disabled ceiling hoist

    Hi, I am in the process of planning the fitting of a ceiling mounted disabled lifting hoist and the room it is going in has a ceiling constructed of only 3 x 2 timbers on the rear addition of a Victorian house with a pitched red concrete tiled roof above. I need to create some additional support...
  16. K

    Structural issues on proposed purchase - what do they mean

    I am new here - so apologies in advance if in the wrong place. Im currently buying a property and despite all the red flags and warning from others i still want to buy it.... its not in a good condition, and i know that. I just dont know EXACTLY whats wrong with it.... I've had a structural...
  17. T

    Guidance or regulations for making holes in external walls

    I need to put a hole through the external wall for a kitchen extractor and there's already a couple of other holes in the vicinity. I can't find any regs or official guidance for how large a hole you can make and how far they should be from other holes, openings etc. Is anyone here aware of...
  18. Fishwalker

    Advice on cracks to internal plasterwork in house I'm buying after survey please!

    Hi! I wanted to get some more views (from builders if possible but anyone who knows about property construction), on cracks to internal walls of a house we are hoping to buy. Due to lockdown we've been stalled since having a full building survey done back in Feb. And due to the discovery of...
  19. C

    Dodgy? Supporting a joist with a parallel joist?

    Hi all, I want to replace the banister around my landing upstairs with a couple of stud walls so I can essentially create a separate enclosed space upstairs. Part of the stud wall that needs building cannot be built directly on top of the existing subfloor, as there would not be enough space on...
  20. R

    Would inserting a 152 x 89 x16 ub strengthen this adequately... Advice very much appreciated

    Hi, I understand the need for calculations but also understand the difficulties when the lintel is cast in place? I would like to remove the single brick partition to the left. This is the old pantry. The lintle is holding the side of the house (3 bed semi detached) the pantry is part of a flat...
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