Second floor help


Old 01-02-06, 07:58 PM
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Second floor help

I am having trouble figuring out which way to run my second fl floor joist. my house is 26x44.I really have no way to support the joist in the center of the house my load bearing walls wont be on the center beam that is under the house that runs 44' long way with the foundation. The only way I can come up with is to get engineered floor joist. Do they make them 26 ft long and if so will it be to code and will my foundation be good enough. My foundation is 16x8x8deep blocks on 24 wide footer. Is this the best to go?
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Old 01-02-06, 11:49 PM
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Have a plan prepared and certified by a civil or structural engineer.

By the, consider a stairway or maybe an elevator.
Old 01-06-06, 12:56 PM
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I suggest that you visit a couple of the manufacturer's sites for engineered floor joists. They have charts that can help you calculate "I joist" size for a given span and floor load. I recently had to use 14" joists to span 24' to make sure I didn't end up with a springy floor.
Another option is to have an architect/structural engineer look at your plans.

Try Googling on "Boise Pacific".

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