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Old 09-06-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Setting lvl beam up to support 12 feet opening


Question - Does it make sense to set the beam directly against the joist and stud that are cut - or should I install a 1 by board in place first ?

The center wall of course had rough cut 2 by 4 underneath the overlapping joists and that beam was installed directly under that.

This wall opening will give me 12 by 6 expansion to the kitchen and it will have its own vaulted ceiling feature .

So the idea would be give the opening to this area an even higher clearance than the the center beam. But just wondering if it would be kosher to install the directly or put a plate board in first
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Add ing the 2x4 plate may give you something better to nail into. Trying to toe nail through the lvl into the joists may not be easy. You could face nail the 2x4 to the joists and then toe nail the lvl to that plate.
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I would not actually use nails - but rather 3 inch star bit lag screws that have the small head and would sink into wood beyond the surface - so it is easy enough to stitch those through the lvl - no problem at all
Wood is wood
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It definitely be better to have a plate board to face nail into the joists - I may compromise and use 1 by 4 as the plate
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The beam is finally up and in
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