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sperley 03-12-2009 11:08 AM

reinforcing wooden beam
we would like to take out a telepost in our basement.weve heard you can reinforce the wooden beam with steel plates on both question,is this possible?and if so what size of steel plate,thickness.type would we far apart for bolts?what type and size bolts etc.the span is 17 ft.thanks sherry

Clutchcargo 03-12-2009 11:42 AM

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I've seen an episode of Holmes on Homes where he did something like this. He used an engineer to spec it. You'll need an engineer to spec this too. Bolts and bolt spacing will be part of that.

DecksEtc 03-12-2009 09:16 PM

Do NOT do this without an engineer's recommendations.

If not done correctly, your house will fall down.

flyboy2610 03-16-2009 06:21 PM

And that could really ruin your whole day.

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