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Old 11-16-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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lvl sizing

i am remodeling a cottage and removing a lot of walls what size lvl beam do i use for a 24' ridge beam 3 1/2 pitch in New York stATE i will also be adding a beam at mid span

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You will need to consult with an Engineer or someone else to size your beam

For my 24' wide garage I would have needed (3) 16" LVL's to have a ridge beam with an open floor plan on the attic without rafter ties

This can vary widely based upon the design & support
There is no rule of thumb or guessing, it needs to be properly sized

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Most beam suppliers will size the beam for you . Go to your local lumber supplier with the details. They should be able to size it.
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Along with the other two statements, when I built my garage in '96 and was putting up 12' wide garage doors, then when I remodeled my deck and wanted to get rid of those ugly 4x4 post every four feet, the local builders supply did not spec out the LVL beams. I had to call the LVL supplier, which the building supply house gave me, to get the LVL beams spec'd out. The supplier/wholesaler had no problem with helping me on these two projects. Actually, I sent them detailed drawings on of each project and they drew in the beams for me. This may be one way to get yours done. Good Luck, David
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