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Old 12-29-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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lvl sizing/price question


i live in a two story cape in MA and would like to remove a load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room. it would need to span approx 13ft. Id like to get an engineer or someone to stamp a sketch for the permit and have the LVL properly sized. Any idea how much it should cost for an engineer to weigh in on it, size the beam, and the supports needed? would a lumberyard do this for me?
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A lumber yard may be able to do all of this
I used Hingham Lumber in MA & they sized the beam & sent it out for an engineers stamp for my plans for building Inspector

Price on the beam will depend upon the sizing
Prices will vary to have an engineer do, get local pricing



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It sounds like a fairly straight-forward beam. You may not need an engineer to size it because the lumberyard may be able to size it for you using the software supplied to them by the engineered lumber manufacturer. Moynehan Lumber offers this service and I get all my LVL from them. If you want to tuck this beam into the ceiling or if there is any limit to size such as head-room, you may need to use a different product like an I-beam. You will need an engineer to size that. There are workarounds to some issues created by large beams such as moving it up into the wall above and using hangers for the joists that hang off of it.
Don't forget to follow the load path created by the beam and make sure that the posts are properly supported.
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thanks guys. i usually get the "homeowner frown" at the lumber yard. not sure why but i'll give it another shot and see if they will help me out. id like to tuck it up into the ceiling if possible with hangers.
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I did a very similar project, span was approximately 11 feet. I used a steel I beam. Whether you need a PE stamp is a function of the local building inspector, who may require a stamp before issuing a permit.
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