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Old 03-28-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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100 year old beams question


HI, i am new here ,

I have 2 beams in my home one in basement and one on second floor and they are 6/9/16 - They run parallel with the floor joist which seems off to me; it is as if they wanted to use them as girders and changed there mind or some thing. I just can't figure out why these one are so much bigger then the other floor joist?

I should say this is a double boarded home and the beams are mortise and tenon into a perpendicular beam of equal size on each side of the room. they span about 16 ft

My question is why are these beams so big when compared to their neighboring floor joist.

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Old 03-28-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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Post a picture if you can---we have some members here that know old structures---

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Could be holding balloon framing together together. Probably walls pulling apart. Only thing I know is dont take it out.
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Really need that picture.
Another though is it's very common in older homes that over the years someone has removed some walls to "open" it up inside without taking into consideration if it's a supporting wall.
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I cant get a photo that would show ...


here are some drawings I did to show the camera wont do the trick :
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