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Old 02-23-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
 
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Please help me with my garage (a pic to help)


Hello everyone. My name is Matt. I had a new construcionhouse built in laste 2007. Its a 2 story colonial with a 2 car under garage. I love cars and want to improve the looks of the garage. I installed a floor this past year but I really dont like the 4 support poles in the middle of it. Can I install some type of beam (Ibeam?) where I can get rid of these 4 poles? Any help with how I can get rid of these poles would be greatly appreciated!

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Need to have an engineer spec a beam for you.
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You would need to have this sized by the supplier of the beam based on your building & loads



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Old 02-23-2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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Sweet floor.

That's a heck of a lot of posts! An ENGINEER needs to size the beam for you, as they're going to need to take everything into consideration. If you can take them the plans for the home it would probably be pretty easy to do, and less expensive than you might think.

Side note...
The posts in your garage should be sheetrocked for fire protection. The international residential code requires that all supporting structure in the garage receive 1/2" gypsum wallboard to protect it from premature failure in a fire. If you add a new beam of any kind, it'll need to be sheetrocked as well. Anything on the ceiling (including the beam) needs 5/8" type X rock if there is living space above, which I assume there is in this case. There's a chance that your area is under another code, and a bigger chance that it was missed when the house was built.
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Lots of posts - must have been a sale on them when the house was built.
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