Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-20-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Asheville NC
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam


Hi, I need some advice for removing part of the load bearing wall that separates my kitchen from the living room. Attached are some pics that will maybe help to explain it all. In the pic1, is the bearing wall at the moment, & the proposed new opening will be 12'. The pics2, is showing the floor joist support in the basement in conjunction to the current bearing wall. The pic3, shows the bearing wall view in the attic. Pic4, shows in the attic the initial part of the actual bearing wall.
My preference is to use two 2"X10"X12' nailed together for the beam, unless it is better to use 2"X12"'s instead. Either way, the beam will not rest exact with the support column in the basement. My question is this - since the original bearing wall removal is only 4', does the beam need to rest exact or can it support without? I just want to make sure that I do not need to adjust my beam size to 14' so that it can match the support columns in the basement.
The last question is - how many 2x4's will be sufficient to support the end beam given the width of my desired opening?
Thank you
Attached Thumbnails
Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam-pic1.jpg   Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam-pic2.jpg   Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam-pic3.jpg   Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam-pic4.jpg   Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam-pic5.jpg  


Sardinia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2011, 12:46 AM   #2
Framing Contractor
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Caldwell, NJ
Posts: 1,758
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam


Quote:
Originally Posted by Sardinia View Post
Hi, I need some advice for removing part of the load bearing wall that separates my kitchen from the living room. Attached are some pics that will maybe help to explain it all. In the pic1, is the bearing wall at the moment, & the proposed new opening will be 12'. The pics2, is showing the floor joist support in the basement in conjunction to the current bearing wall. The pic3, shows the bearing wall view in the attic. Pic4, shows in the attic the initial part of the actual bearing wall.
My preference is to use two 2"X10"X12' nailed together for the beam, unless it is better to use 2"X12"'s instead. Either way, the beam will not rest exact with the support column in the basement. My question is this - since the original bearing wall removal is only 4', does the beam need to rest exact or can it support without? I just want to make sure that I do not need to adjust my beam size to 14' so that it can match the support columns in the basement.
The last question is - how many 2x4's will be sufficient to support the end beam given the width of my desired opening?
Thank you
Call your building inspector and ask him/her since you will need permits and inspections to do this.

__________________
Joe Carola
Joe Carola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2011, 07:11 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Vermont
Posts: 762
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Removing bearing wall and putting up a beam


Looks to me like that window is in the inside corner of two exterior walls. Of course it can be done, but as Joe says, get the inspector in.
What is the vertical 2x4 doing on top of the strong back in the attic?
mrgins is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Loading Bearing Wall mattmc Carpentry 4 01-28-2011 08:22 AM
Load Bearing Wall Issue? iggy913 Building & Construction 1 07-28-2010 07:45 PM
Retaining Wall and Muddy Yard rjschwar Landscaping & Lawn Care 10 02-24-2010 01:55 PM
Putting a wall over a large opening, need ideas aqzman Building & Construction 5 10-28-2009 04:46 PM
Taking out a portion of a bearing wall... mailsmc Remodeling 3 05-04-2006 01:21 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.