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Old 08-10-2011, 01:12 AM   #1
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4x6 or 6x6??? POSTS


This shouldn't be to tough, but nobody i know knows the answer!!!
without spending $$$$$ on engineers

I have a 4x12 LVL 24' long with a post at one end, a post at 12' and the other end dies in a wall. It supports the upstairs living space with a low pitch roof (virtually no attic)...last year had 2' of snow with no problems. it's a funky ole house and i'm redoing the basement for living purposes. Right now it's holding up fine, probably built in the 60's by farmers, rednecks or hippys. I want to support the load with beams at the mentioned above places. I would like to use 4x6 post to keep the design straight. Will they work or should i up grade to 6x6. Thanks for your assistance people
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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This shouldn't be to tough, but nobody i know knows the answer!!!
without spending $$$$$ on engineers

I have a 4x12 LVL 24' long with a post at one end, a post at 12' and the other end dies in a wall. It supports the upstairs living space with a low pitch roof (virtually no attic)...last year had 2' of snow with no problems. it's a funky ole house and i'm redoing the basement for living purposes. Right now it's holding up fine, probably built in the 60's by farmers, rednecks or hippys. I want to support the load with beams at the mentioned above places. I would like to use 4x6 post to keep the design straight. Will they work or should i up grade to 6x6. Thanks for your assistance people
You're leaving out a few details.
This support beam was a replacement for the original, as well as the number and location of the supports.
What was the original set up?
Why was it changed?
Normally, you would see 2 supports in that set up. One every 8 feet, not 12 feet.
How big are the footings for the support that is currently there?
Is this a one or two story house?
Post some photos.
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