lintel on double row brick wall


Old 10-11-14, 05:57 AM
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lintel on double row brick wall

Hi, I am trying to figure out what type of lintel I need for a new opening through a basement wall to connects two existing areas.
The wall is made of block and supports 75 courses of brick *double row*, not veneer.
The opening is for a small passageway of 20" (50cm).
I would like to know if angle steel on each side of the wall would be sufficient (4x4x1/4) to support the load above. Or maybe I need an H or I steel beam? I was thinking of leaving 6 to 8 inches on each side, too. The wall thickness is the regular width of a block, 6 to 8 inches? Not sure.
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Old 10-11-14, 12:28 PM
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It depends on what's above it and how much load that wall was actually supporting! It's impossible to tell from the information you provided. Can you give us some more information and pictures?
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if you're a diy'er, chances are good its only a 2 story w/bsmt,,, w/o pics, i'd be comfortable using 2" angle on both sides you KNOW what's there so you may not be as comfortable
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Hi, I am not really planning it on doing it myself, I just need to know that what is being done is done as sturdy as possible. About the missing info, can you elaborate? I mean, it is a 2 story with basement as was said, roughly 75 courses of brick double_row. The opening connects two existing rooms in the basement. On one side there is the original house, on the other there is a one story addituion with basement. The wall on which the opening is going to be made is about 15' from side to side and the opening would be about 20".

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