2x10 Span - Carpentry - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-26-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

2x10 span

will a 2x10x16 that you buy at home depot spane 15 feet 16.oc.


biglou1957 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 03:35 PM   #2
DIY staff

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,728
Rewards Points: 2,174

Are you talking about a floor?



New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
journeyman carpenter
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 3,133
Rewards Points: 882

species, region ?? required to answer this question to be up to code
woodworkbykirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
Civil Engineer
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston
Posts: 5,324
Rewards Points: 4,228

A 2x10x16 by definition is 16 feet long, so it certainly will span 15 feet. Whether it will hold up the load you are planning to put on it is an entirely different question, but since you did not ask, I am not telling.
Daniel Holzman is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Daniel Holzman For This Useful Post:
Willie T (11-26-2011), woodworkbykirk (11-26-2011)
Old 11-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #5
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 183
Rewards Points: 150

Determine the Use

biglou1957; Assuming that you are using the 2 X 10 for floor joists; You need to determine what the live load requirements are and the dead load; e.g. in a one-family dwelling, for sleeping rooms the live load is typically calculated at 30 pounds per square foot and for other habitable space (living room, great room, den, kitchen) the live load is typically 40 pounds per square foot. The dead load will usually be calculated at 10 pounds per square foot. The span you get depends on the species of the wood and the grade, e.g. doug fir, hem-fir, #1 , #2. Other factors can also play into the span such as if you live in a high wind zone or seismic area.

It sounds like your work is structural and in most areas this requires a building permit and therefore the plan review process. Your proposal, if for floor joists in a one-family dwelling, if for floor joists, if not in a high wind or seismic area, if no less than #2 hem-fir, if 16" on center, should do it, but come back with more specific information. If these are joists for a storage area let us know what you are storing. There is some very good talent contributing to this site and it you provide specific information someone is likely to know the answer.
TheCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to TheCamper For This Useful Post:
woodworkbykirk (11-26-2011)
Old 11-26-2011, 09:58 PM   #6
Bud Cline's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,705
Rewards Points: 558

Don't wait for more information from the OP guys just run-on with anything that comes to mind.
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 500
Rewards Points: 500

have to refer to your local building code...i'm sure the building inspector will want to see what you have planned before you go ahead and build it, however.
chrisBC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 06:24 AM   #8
Disabled wood vet
titanoman's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: California
Posts: 1,661
Rewards Points: 1,004

You ask if "a" 2x10 will span that far. How many are we talking about? Where are you building? Look in the UBC book. In a word, yes. We span 16' all day long for floor joists under live loads here in the Midwest. Cali and Flo...might have to bump up to 2 x 12.


titanoman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Center bearing vs. Clear Span floors -- Span Tables WaldenL Building & Construction 2 02-24-2015 06:50 AM
2x10 Joist working load 14' span rebar Building & Construction 5 08-19-2010 01:52 PM
How to calculate Joist span table for 3x8's WillSTX Building & Construction 22 03-19-2010 04:41 PM
Building a patio cover...span and size of lumber Q's jongordo8 Building & Construction 1 08-30-2009 12:08 AM
Patio Roof Beam Span slakfu Building & Construction 4 06-03-2009 10:45 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1