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Old 10-21-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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Beam removal


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Newbie with pictures ( I hope they post ???) , Attic pic is above room with the 2 beams in question.

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Nutshell, 2 beams in room with high ceiling, wife wants them gone if possible, she was once told by neighbor with same house/room that they removed theirs.
I don't wanna be "that guy" who makes an expensive mistake , are these ok for me to take down ?
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:18 AM   #2
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Re: Beam removal


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That's the attic pic I mentioned in first post...
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:17 PM   #3
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By removing them you risk having that exterior wall develop a bow to the outside.
Those beams look like they serve a purpose. They keep the wall plumb and straight.

Best to pay for an onsite inspection by a competent Framer or an Engineer.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:27 PM   #4
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Exactly, only a structural engineer can give you a definitive answer, not anybody on a DIY forum.

However, my two cents is that its pretty clear you can not remove those beams. Look in the first picture how the roof is angled and trying to push the wall "outward". The beams are keeping the wall from moving outward. They are not there because somebody thought they looked good.
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Old 10-21-2017, 03:46 PM   #5
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Search "collar ties". For me, those beams are spaced too far apart, unless the outer wall has its own reinforcement.
But measure first. Collar ties are up to 1/3 way up from where the rafters (roof joists) sit on the outer wall. Rafter ties are up to 1/3 way down from peak, but rafter ties don't do anything to keep the outer wall from pushing out.

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climb up there and see what they are made of,if they are structure they will be 2xs if they are false beams they will be hollow with 1xs
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Thanks everyone for your quick responses. Will let you know how it turns out !
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Can't tell from here, but there is a chance that they're just cosmetic and not serving any structural purpose. But you can't take 'em out till you know for sure!
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