lifting and bracing ceiling beams


Old 08-01-08, 10:06 AM
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lifting and bracing ceiling beams

I am getting ready to replace a corner column the supports 4x12" fir beams. I have done this on an opposite corner using a bottle jack and a number of temporary 4x4 to act as columns during the replacement process. Are there any other tools that could help make the process a little easier. It is kind of slow to to use shims under the temp columns then drop the jack, then raise the jack on the next beam, add the temp column, shim, drop the jack....and so on. Are there any specialized jacks or bracing that might make the job easier?

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Old 08-01-08, 07:53 PM
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I think that one or more hydraulic floor jacks with 2x6s across a 2 or 3 joists would be somewhat faster.

Stand a double 2x4 on the jack against the 2x6.
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Generally, screw type jacks are used for this. Hydraulic jacks can't be relied on not to leak down. It sounds slow, but you only have to jack 1/2" or less.
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You may find that a jack post would be helpful.
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