How to stabilize half-wall below an interior portal?


First, you'll want to place double studs on either side of your opening (currently you have some on the left but not right, as viewed from the kitchen). Then add horizontal members at the top and bottom of the opening, fastened into those studs. This will add a lot of rigidity by preventing the knee-wall studs from swinging left/right/out. Finally, add some screws through your drywall to the new structural members.

If you're keeping the plumbing/electrical chase in the center, the framing of that will offer some more stability.

Because one side of this wall is in a kitchen, there's also the possibility you'll attach cabinets or other built-ins to this wall. If so, those will add some further rigidity by essentially bracing the wall against the floor.

If those aren't enough, you could add horizontal or diagonal bracing to the wall, or even expand it into a double-stud (wider) wall. Those would be more extreme measures, and I doubt you'll need...

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1. Determine what type of floor structure you have below the wall where you plan to install the veneer. If it is a concrete slab on grade, you are good to go. If you have an elevated floor, you need to determine what kind of structure it is and it will likely need to be reinforced with additional floor joists and possibly columns and footings to distribute the load down to a solid foundation. You might consult with a licensed structural engineer before proceeding with this project. Depending on the brick type you choose, this type of brick veneer may weigh upwards of 20 pounds per square foot of wall.

2. Determine how much brick you will need. I explain how to calculate this in detail in the video. Measure the wall and determine the total square feet of wall to be covered. Then determine how many square feet each brick will cover. Make sure to add 3/8" to the actual height and width of each brick to account for the mortar joint. Divide the square feet of the wall by the...

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When it comes to transforming your home interior, perhaps the only thing better than a wall is a half wall. Of course nothing provides the privacy that a regular wall delivers. On the other hand, nothing else offers the impressive range of uses, or the array of design choices, as a half wall, either. To design and build your own half wall, start by letting your imagination go to work. Think about what you would like to do with the wall -- what you hope to accomplish -- and get an idea of how you want the wall to look when you're done.

Building Half Walls

A half wall -- sometimes called a knee wall -- differs from a regular wall in height alone. Technically, a half wall can be any height short of the ceiling; realistically, most half walls are about 3 to 4 feet tall, depending on the wall's purpose and location. Other than that, the wall is built just like any other wall: Cut framing lumber to the length of the half wall to form the wall's top and bottom plates....

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Mark the location on your floor where you’d like to place the half wall using a piece of chalk. Make a second mark on the wall that you’re connecting the half wall to at the proposed height of the half wall. Select a position that will allow you to set the frame into a wall stud. Measure the planned length and height of the wall with a tape measure, and then subtract 3/4 inch from each to provide room for the placement of an outer cap board after building the frame.

Cut two two-by-fours to the adjusted length of the wall with a circular saw. These pieces will serve as the top and bottom plates of your half wall. Use a treated two-by-four if you’re attaching the bottom plank to a concrete floor. The treated wood will resist any moisture seeping from the floor.

Place the planks on the floor parallel to one another on the 4-inch edges. Place marks on the planks every 16-inches with a pencil to show the center point for each stud in the wall. Use a speed square placed...

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Internal walls are not only load-bearing structures but also ordinary partitions between rooms. If a question ‘how to build an interior wall’ appears, it means the end of the entire construction of an apartment or a house. Partitions that are planned to be delivered must have high performance of lightness and structural integrity, heat and vapor barrier as well. Traditionally internal walls are built of brick or wood, but it is also popular to use drywall, concrete blocks and OSB-boards nowadays. Here are some simple tips on how to build internal walls.

Interior brick walls

This type of internal walls is good to separate toilets and bathrooms. Usually masonry is made in a half-brick way (5 inches). If the duct in the wall is needed, then a wall can be thickened to about 1 foot. Laying bricks should be upward, and don’t forget about reinforcement of the wall every 5 row. Strong connection between the interior walls and adjacent walls is achieved by creation of...

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In this tutorial, I explain how to use VisAreas and Portals in CryEngine in order to setup lighting for interiors.

I've gotten some questions regarding how to create interiors in the CryEngine2 Sandbox editor. This tutorial will explain how to create interiors using VisAreas and Portals. I will also briefly discuss how to setup lighting in interiors. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

The first thing we need to look at is how VisAreas work:

Now that we have that out of the way, I'm going to give you a step-by-step example of how to set up a VisArea and add a few Portals. I'll work with a simple 4-sided room with 2 doors. You can get larger versions of the screenshots below by clicking on them.

First, we will need to get both the interior and exterior model of the building:

Here we can see the two models - the interior on the left and the exterior...

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Apply painter’s tape to the edges.

Painting in a straight line can be difficult, so if this is your first time painting, then you will probably need to apply painter’s tape to the edges of your walls and any molding or fixtures. Apply the painter’s tape so that it is even with the edges of the walls, molding, and fixtures.

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Keep in mind that you do not need to press hard on the tape when you apply it. Using a bit of gentle pressure will be enough to keep it in...
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Expert step-by-step instructions on building a wall, with diagrams, tips for framing with wall studs, how to attach drywall and paneling, and more DIY help

©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

How an Interior Wall Is Built

In Short:

An interior wall is typically built from 2-by-4 or 2-by-6 wall studs and framing, covered with panels of gypsum drywall that are nailed or screwed to the framing members.

Locate the new wall. Attach a top plate to the ceiling framing. Use a plumb bob to position a bottom (“sole”) plate directly beneath the top plate, and nail it to the floor. Install wall studs between the top and bottom plates on 16- or 24-inch centers. Nail or screw drywall to the studs and plates. Apply cornerbead, drywall tape and compound to hide the joints and fasteners.

In Depth:

Many remodeling projects involve building or relocating one or more interior walls. Building a nonbearing interior wall is relatively easy, requiring just basic carpentry...

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This article describes the Portal 2 storyline, chapter by chapter.

Portal 2 almost directly follows the events of Portal from Chell's perspective, although being set several years after the events of Portal. The co-op portion of the game follows ATLAS and P-body, whom GLaDOS accompanies through the Cooperation Testing Initiative.

The single-player campaign is set directly after Portal and Portal 2: Lab Rat, and right before the cooperative campaign.

Single-player campaign Edit

Chapter 1: The Courtesy Call Edit

Fifty days after she is put in stasis, Chell is awakened by an unidentified announcer. In compliance with "state and federal regulations," Chell is instructed to perform a mandatory physical and mental wellness exercise which is used to teach the player the standard controls. Chell is then instructed to return to bed.

After a long (but indeterminate) period of time, Chell is awakened again. During this second awakening Chell...

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Nail white expansion foam to the inside of the wooden frame. This foam is a spongy material that allows the wall a small amount of movement without any danger of damage — for instance, if materials expand slightly when the temperature changes. Make sure the foam sits centrally on each length of wood (image 1).

Position spacers inside the floor of the wooden frame, ready to hold the glass blocks (image 2). Check that they are level and accurately spaced to fit the dimensions of the blocks. Trowel white mortar onto the frame’s floor, between the spacers. Spread mortar onto one side of a glass block. Try not to get any on the block’s face (image 3).

Place the first block onto the spacers, pressing the mortared side firmly into position against the frame and bedding the block into the mortar along the floor (image 4). Lay more blocks and spacers to finish the row, checking that they are level (image 5). Wipe off any excess mortar with a damp sponge; dried mortar is hard...

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A hot tub house combines the relaxation of a hottub with the privacy of an enclosed room, all in your own backyard. Building a basic hot tub house can be accomplished by anyone with the right tools and materials.

The steps below outline how to build a simple yet pleasing hot tub house.

Step 1: Measure Your Space

Measure the circumference of the platform on which your hot tub rests. Add extra footage to your dimensions if you plan to add benches.

Step 2: Plan Your Structure

Design a blueprint with the ascertained dimensions. You can also buy blueprints online or find them at your local bookstore.

Step 3: Stake Your Space

Stake out the parameters of your building area by staking string or rope around the area to mark it off.

Step 4: Wall Construction

You will now put together the 4 walls which will create your structure. On the ground, frame up the wall to your specifications. To stabilize and...

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The Half-Life and Portal universe (HL/P or HLP universe for short) is a science fiction universe created by Valve Corporation in 1998, with the release of the video game Half-Life on the PC platform. It is told through four related story arcs, split into two game series, Half-Life and Portal. Each arc stems from a game: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Portal, and Portal 2.

Half-Life has spawned since then many modifications, expansions, and sequels, most of which set in the same universe. Most of them were developed by Valve; however, Half-Life's three expansions, Blue Shift, Opposing Force and Decay were developed by Gearbox Software.

In 2005, Electronic Arts took over distribution of the Half-Life series.

Since its first installment, the series has been introduced to many consoles such as the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, as well as Mac. Starting on the GoldSrc engine, a modified Quake engine, the series now runs on the Source engine.


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