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gusyve 02-22-2012 05:46 AM

load bearing wall.
How to calculate the size of the beam once wall is removed.( house is two story with basement, and wall is between formal living room and family room) thanks in advance.

CplDevilDog 02-22-2012 06:02 AM

Open yellow pages. Flip to Engineer, Structural. Ask them if they work with residential customers. Pay them $200 or so for a stamped drawing. Sleep peacefully at night above or below your properly sized header.

All kidding aside (Sorry, I couldn't resist) but there are just to many variables to cover. Wood species, roof slope, Region (snow loads), opening width, etc etc to do this safely over the Internet.

If I tell you a header size for Florida and you install it in Manitoba, something bad is going to happen.

Canucker 02-22-2012 07:34 AM

Usually you size the beam before the wall is removed. :jester:

woodworkbykirk 02-22-2012 06:01 PM

exactly as the other two stated.. although here its more like $500 for a engineered drawing thats stamped

never and i mean never take the wall out first before sizing teh beam.. always get it spec'd and on site ready to go in when you do such a project. and i hope for the saftey of you and others that you have a temporary wall up to support the floor above

gusyve 02-22-2012 08:46 PM

Thank you all for the info.

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