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Old 07-02-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Spacing of Floor to Ceiling Column Jacks


I removed two walls that made up a hallway between two separate bedrooms to make one big master bedroom. One of the walls to the large room is a load bearing wall, so I have a couple of column jacks to put into place to brace up the roof. How far apart do I place the columns on a opening that is about 14 ft. long? The house is a detached split level with a pitched roof and after checking I did find a structural beam in the basement approximately under the one large bedroom wall.

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Old 07-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Welcome bespencer1125, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Spacing of floor jacks, hmmmm, you already removed the wall, and now you are considering the structural implecations.

Without knowing all the dynamics involved I don't believe anyone here can truly answer your question without misguidance. There are many questions to ask, such as, style of roof, is it a single story, is there a beam under the center line of the posts.

By removing the wal you basically went from a uniform load distribution system to a point load scenario.

Personally I would have an engineer have a look and make recommendations.

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Thanks Mark I have added some information maybe it will help.
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Thanks Mark I have added some information maybe it will help.
Not enough to help with the issue. Someone would need to see what you did, look at the structure and come up with a compensating support system.
Generally, you put the support system in place before you start removing walls.
Why would you do it this way and compromise the houses structural integrity?
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Good one....you have your cart before the horse.

As Jack said, an engineer or experienced contractor should be your next call. Its imperitive that beams are sized correctly and that point loads carry the weight to the foundation. I know this a DIY site but this must be done correctly.
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Thanks I will follow your suggestions

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