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Old 02-24-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Typically, is there more of load on a center load bearing wall or an exterior wall?
I'm trying to plan out how large of a header I'm going to need to remove a center bearing wall. I plan on having the lumberyard size this for me next week but I want to start thinking about how I'm going to do it. I've got a pretty typical house 24x28 with a load bearing wall running through the middle.

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Typically, is there more of load on a center load bearing wall or an exterior wall?
Depneds on what is above it.

How long is this wall that you will be removing?

Do you have proper footing to carry the weight?

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That's a good point, I should have known to not give such a vague description. This would be supporting the 2nd floor and above that non-livable attic space.
The house is 24x28 hip roof with a of 28' 6x8 beam on 4 support columns and each end is on the foundation. I don't think I will have a problem running the load to that beam. I've got a 7.5' opening that I'm hoping to support on double 7 1/4" LVL. I know from a bay window install that a double 7 1/4" can supported that size opening on an exterior wall, although I used 9 1/2" LVL..
It would be easiest for me to cut the joists (2x8s) that are on the top plate to drop the lvl in place and then use hangers for the joists.
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You will need to provide all the information of your home to the lumber yard, in order for them to properly size the beam for you. That includes, dimensions, layouts, what the rooms are above, etc, etc, etc...
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