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Old 03-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hi, this is my first help post.
I want to open up wall between kitchen and living.
I need to install the bearing.
I've watched many many youtube videos and I did not get any detailed info out of it.

Wall to wall is about 19ft
What calculation do i need?
What permits.
What and where do I begin?
I want to do it legally meet regulation.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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so..... what are you trying to do exactly. you have a open concept house and you want to close the space off with a wall.. just stud it in.. if the beam is carrying the weight above the wall will simply give a nailing base for drywall

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Opposite to what you are thinking.

I did mentioned, I want to open up walls.
Yes, have open concepts.
I have small house, with this open, i have more space.
left picture before(now) right picture (after) later.
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the size of the beam is based upon the loads it must support, the type of beam being used, and the span of the beam. This is not a simple matter as a mistake made can be costly. Structural design is not something a person should come to an internet forum to obtain.

To properly assess the path of gravity loads (as well as lateral loads) a person needs to visit the structure and observe for themselves the existing construction. I would recommend hiring a local professional engineer to come to your home and evaluate your needs and prepare construction drawings.

Typically performing structural work requires a building permit and meeting the local building codes. A call to your building department will determine that. An engineer can prepare the necessary drawings and specifications so that you do the job correctly the first time .....

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