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Old 08-19-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Alright I need some input here. I am going to take out a load bearing 8inch concrete block wall that at one time was an exterior wall around my rectangular one story home. The wall is dividing my kitchen and living room now that an extension was built on many years back. I would like to take out about 15ft of wall and support it with a beam. Details: the ceilings are 8ft tall, I live in florida so no snow but plenty of wind at times, roof slopes nothing extreme, just avg slope, nothing heav. Concrete everything (florida) The rafters are 1950's style, nailed together. I was thinking about 4 2x10's supported by the existing concrete block. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:30 PM   #2
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I would like to take out about 15ft of wall and support it with a beam. Details:
Ayuh,.... You need the services of an Engineer to answer that question, not an internet forum,.....
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Getting a structural engineer to come look at this has proven harder than probably the job itself at this point. 4-6 weeks out. I would love to get the sledge hammer out, anybody have any experience with this? Thx
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Getting a structural engineer to come look at this has proven harder than probably the job itself at this point. 4-6 weeks out. I would love to get the sledge hammer out, anybody have any experience with this? Thx
Then your four to six weeks out no other choice unless you offer a premium price to get one out tomorrow.
I have a lot of experience in this situation and the only thing you can do is get an engineer out to the jobsite to inspect and draw up a report. There just is not any prescriptive method for your situation. I can tell you that 4-2x10 are most likely not enough but i dont know how big you would need to go most likely some engineer lumber or steel.
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That seems like the best option. Back to the phone. Thanks for the advice.
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