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Old 07-14-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hello all. I want to remove a load bearing wall that is 12 feet long. What size lumber should I use? Would double 2x12s be enough? And do I need two jack studs on each end for support or would one be enough for that long of a span? Or would I be better off using double 12 inch lvls?

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It would help if you described what was over this wall. Engineering a header is based upon the load it's carrying.

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What is the floor sytem to support the conctrated load from the ends of the lintel? - The load has to carried by something, no matter whether is a single or double jack.

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Well my living room, the wall, and the other room are completely gutted to the studs. I see my ceiling joists are 2x6s 16 inches apart, that run perpendicular to the wall. I have a small cape cod that is 26'x25' and the ceiling joists actually run the entire 25' of the home. My floor joists are 3x 10s of old sturdy lumber and the header I think will be resting on a floor joist. I have to double check that but the floor joists run parallel with the wall I wish to remove. And yes even though I believe its not common, my floor joists and ceiling joists do not run the same way.
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