Allowable span of 10"x8" timber


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Old 07-29-04, 04:52 AM
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Allowable span of 10"x8" timber

Can anyone tell me what the allowable span would be for a 10" tall by 8"wide timber. This is a single piece and not bolted/nailed 2x or LVL beams.
 
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MOre info needed to give an accurate response to your question. What's the condition of the beam and if possible to determine what kind of wood it is.

But if it's in good condition, no cracks or twisting and very solid, I wouldn't be afraid to span it up to 20 ft. 10"x8" is a pretty hefty beam.
 
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Old 08-03-04, 09:56 PM
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awesomedell - thanks for the reply

Not sure what type of wood. The beam is in good shape. Just some minor cracks. I would like to span a 16 ft length.

This is a split colonial. The beam supports the first floor joists. No load other than the first floor. Just a crawl attic above.

Currently, there is a lolly column at the center of the beam. I am finishing the room and would love to be able to remove the lolly column.

It sounds like the center lolly column is redundant and not neccessary.
 
 

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