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Plans Support / Perma Columns
Last post by ktgambill - April 15, 2024, 05:32:33 PM
I have the Big Enchilada plans as well as the 1.5 story cottage plans. Plans are to build the 1.5 story and a couple of other small buildings on 7.5 acres.  I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with Perma Columns.  They are pre cast concrete piers with 10,000 psi concrete + 60,000 psi rebar and a powder coated pre set 1/4 inch steel bracket.  Standard length is 60".  They are typically used in post frame construction (pole barns, etc.). I am exploring using them in place of a PT post foundation or a Sonotube type poured pier. The idea is to attach a short 6x6 post to the Perma Column bracket just above grade and then run the beam on top of the post.  They have flanges at the bottom for uplift protection and typically sit on a concrete "cookie".  Can level them up by cutting the 6x6 post. They run about $200 a piece.

General Forum / Re: Attach the shed roof to my...
Last post by achevalley - April 13, 2024, 11:44:24 AM
Hello Ivanhyde,
Thank you for sharing your question!  We have put together a short response and linked an accompanying youtube video which we hope will help answer your question.  We also recommend consulting a structural engineer for further clarifications if needed.   

When attaching a ledger board where there is no rim beam certain precautions need to be taken.  First, you need to install a lateral tensioner to keep the ledger and rafters from pulling away from the building.  Second, you need to make sure there is blocking installed between the joists, or you can see if you can install a rim joist to fit flush with ext. of sheathing.  Your ledger will be anchored by the Lateral Tensioner and then screwed into the blocking.  You will need to make sure the vapor barrier is replaced and secure and all moisture has the ability to run out and away from the surface. 

Video to help explain here:

(The Lateral Tensioner they used in the video is:  Simpson DTT2Z)
General Forum / Re: 4x6 floor joists??
Last post by evawillms - April 12, 2024, 12:22:48 AM
Quote from: billy boy on December 05, 2023, 02:04:19 PMI'm no expert, but I've seen similar setups before. Using an LVL and steel I beams sounds like a solid plan for support. The 4x6 joists might work, especially if they're true 4x6 and tied into the 2x6 top plates well. Just make sure everything's level and properly secured. Maybe get a local builder's opinion to be safe.
While the plan you described could potentially work, it's important to consider several factors and consult with a local builder or structural engineer to ensure safety and compliance with building codes.
Just a heads up that we've got image hosting built-in to the forum now. 
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General Forum / Attach the shed roof to my hou...
Last post by ivanhyde - April 10, 2024, 05:41:44 AM
I want to put a screen in porch with a shed roof on the back of my house. Plan is for a 4/12 pitch.  Because of the layout of the house, I want to attach the back of the roof to the house several feet above the second story floor.  geometry dash scratch
I wonder if you are allowed to attach the board to which the rafters attach onto the second story wall 2x4s or must that board attach to the joist board for the second story floor. I cannot do the latter.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: 20x36 1.5 story with sunro...
Last post by constitutefifteen - April 09, 2024, 08:45:27 PM
Hello, surrounding the sunroom is not feasible, the area is narrow so there should not be a sunroom there, you can consider moving it somewhere else
General Forum / Stain assistance
Last post by mom2bman - April 09, 2024, 12:34:03 PM
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We added an addition to our cabin and need to remove the current stain and add new stain.  We used a Behr premium wood coating transparent weather proofing all-in-one wood finish in redwood stain but would like to lighten that up and add a lighter color to both.  What is a good stain and has anyone had any luck pressure washing the old stain off, maybe used something in addition to the water?  We have pine log siding.  Thanks.

Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - April 09, 2024, 07:08:31 AM