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Old 11-29-2006, 02:02 AM   #1
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I'm trying to determine the size and material for a floor support beam. When the house was built the contractor put in a triple 2x10 beam with an 18' foot span using poles every 6'. I have since cut out 8' of this beam and replaced with a normal wall but now I want to take the last pole out of the remaining 10' span to open the area up for a bedroom. The only thing above this floor is the master bedroom, so it does not appear to be load bearing. The floor joists are 12' 2x10 16"OC and overlap at the beam. However, on one side I have built walls for the closet and bathroom so the joists are supported about 6' to 7' from the wall and then again at the center beam. I was looking into a glulam beam, but wondering if the cost would benefit me at all of I could just 3 2x10 like what is already there. (the only reason I would like to replace what is there is because it's made up of multiple pieces of 2x10x12 stock cut for the original 18' span)

Thanks in advance for any assistance,
Mike

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Old 11-29-2006, 07:02 AM   #2
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Its hard to determine the load that is on that beam without seeing the house. I would assume that if it only a 10' span that 3 2 x 10s would be sufficient.

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pete,
we used 3 2x12 in our basement and wish we had used either a lam beam or steel I, we have had some sag.Rita
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pete,
we used 3 2x12 in our basement and wish we had used either a lam beam or steel I, we have had some sag.Rita
how long is your span?
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