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Old 10-04-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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I am building a deck and ordered some decorative round colulms. I want to dress up the beam. What kind of product can I use to span 19' to be supported by the coululms?
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How many ways can a cake be decorated? Same idea. How much money do you intend to spend? Routering, carving, molding, foam overlays, etc.

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I am building a deck and ordered some decorative round colulms. I want to dress up the beam. What kind of product can I use to span 19' to be supported by the coululms?
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The unsupported span of 19' is too far a distance. You need to modify the plan.
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You would need to consult with an engineer
19' is beyond the span distance for normal wood

Are the columns for the posts to support the deck?
Or to support a roof or pergola?
You would be better of cutting that distance in 1/2
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There are 4 posts supporting the 19'. I was planning on using 2 2X12 for the beam but was thinking I might be able to use something better looking then 2X12. Do people wrap these or buy a beam that already has a decoative look?
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charles...build your beam of whatever is required in your area. 2x10's would probably be okay, but check with your building dept. When they come to inspect, you dont want to have to take it apart and fix it. Then use 1x12x16' pre-primed trim boards to wrap the beam. A PVC product or leftover decking are also good choices.
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