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Old 08-03-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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This job is probably over my head but here is question,My daughter wants to fully open up ist floor dine,kitchen and living room,i like to know what type of beam spanning 25 feet with a 2nd floor and roof on top of that.can a wood beam do it or is steel necessary thanks bill

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There is engineered wood like
Gluelams, lvl and wooden I-beams that will Span that distance.

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Old 08-03-2011, 05:57 PM   #3
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25 feet is a long span---to long to take a guess on---you will need an engineer to figure out that one.

Before you spend that money you should see if the idea is practical.

Removing the wall usually means moving heating ducts and air returns--and plumbing drains and water lines----That may be the 'deal breaker' with that wall.

Before you hire someone to engineer the beam--see what is hiding inside the wall.
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At 25 feet, engineered lumber is likely to be relatively deep, maybe too deep for the opening. You may need steel, but as Mike suggested, this is potentially expensive project, absolutely needs to be engineered, and if you have to move a lot of wire etc., may not be worth it.
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