Replacing rotted garage header

Old 03-22-11, 07:13 PM
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Replacing rotted garage header

Brand new to home ownership have only been in this home for one month and found that my garage door header was rotted. The current header is a 4"x14"x 16'9" LVL beam. There is a bonus room above the garage however the floor joists run parallel to the LVL beam in question (Non load bearing). My question is would it be advisable to replace this beam with (2) 2x12s with plywood sandwiched in between? Since the wall is not load bearing I am certain it is strong enough however my concern is sagging years down the road and if this would be within code. Hopefully I provided enough information to answer this question if not I am happy to provide more.

Just realized I posted in the wrong forum posting in the correct one.

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Old 03-24-11, 03:06 PM
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You would be better off asking a local architect about the local codes. You won't get an answer here.
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I just built a garage and that's exactly what I used for the overhead door headers, 2 2x12's. Each of my doors are 9' wide. And my loft floor joists also run parallel to the header. I can tell you that was my situation, I did have a permit, and it was passed by my local inspector.

I guess the hardest part would be pulling out the old LVL and installing the new header without risk of any collapsing. That's what you may need to ask an engineer about or at least your local building inspector.

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