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Old 11-21-2016, 01:33 PM   #1
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So there is a beam that runs underneath the stairs which I would like to cut since it blocks off the space under the stairs (where I want to build a playhouse). This beam is attached to the side concrete wall on once side and supported by a metal strap on the other, which runs up to the ceiling joists. My question is can I cut the beam and essentially reinforce the path so it is not blocking the space under the stairs?


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*| + Proposed cut
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Need a real picture.
No way did they install a beam for the heck of it.
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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Crude drawing didn't work, here is a picture of the work already done Will this pass an inspection is the question now!
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Just FYI the top beam is part of the stairs and is supported by a metal strap up to the ceiling on the far left (outside of this picture). So basically the support structure now more or less is similar to a giant stair step.
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Exactly who is doing the inspection, and what are they comparing what you did against? Did you prepare plans and pull a permit, and are now wondering if your work meets permit requirements?
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Well I hastily decided to make this change without pulling a building permit and I'm not sure if the inspection will even consider this part since the building permit is for a playhouse I'm building underneath the stairs. I'm mainly concerned with this being an appropriate way to bear the load, and if it would be up to code.
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Please don't squish your kids. Builders put beams in for a reason. This is not amature hour.
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I can't tell from the photos what load the beam is carrying, but the brackets look unusual, and the nails don't seem to be typical Simpson nails, but maybe just the photo. Any project involving load bearing elements requires a plan based on the loads and the transfer path of the loads to the footings, so without knowledge of your plan and the basis of the plan, I cannot comment on whether the framing you installed is adequate.
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