Will existing beams be sufficient?

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Old 11-04-13, 09:24 AM
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Will existing beams be sufficient?

Hello! First post here.. I'm renovating an older house and wanted to open the space up a bit. House is a single story ranch. Original part of the house (37 x 24) was built in 1955. The builder used a two-piece bottom chord truss construction, where the two pieces are attached alongside of each other at the center of the house, supported by two 2x6 beams that run the length of the house. The section I exposed in the pictures is where I would like to remove the two middle support sections to open the kitchen area to the opposite room. I would leave the supports on each end for support of the beams. I would like to know if the two end support sections would be sufficient to support the beams. Thanks!!
 
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Old 11-04-13, 01:50 PM
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Welcome to the forums! I would look into installing at least a triple 9 1/4" LVL beam down the middle, flush with the ceiling and have everything tie into it. Of course that is sight unseen. It would be the best money you could spend to have a structural engineer come in and give an assessment and blessings for this. He/she may give good alternatives that we cannot even guess at. Truss systems are good in that most of the weight is borne on the outer walls, but that leaves a large span that must be supported in some manner. He would be the best consultant for this.
 
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Old 11-04-13, 10:06 PM
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I don't see the truss system you are talking about in the pix, unless the diagonals and upper chord are hiding up in the attic. As an amplification of chandler's idea, you could replace all of the existing 2 x 6 construction with a built-up, hidden beam or LVL in the attic, supporting the ceiling joists with joist hangers. It's a fairly straight-forward operation, as I'm speaking from personal experience (replaced an 18' load-bearing wall with a triple 2 x 12 beam and just a good weeks' worth of work).

The span appears too long for the visible 2 x 6s to be self-supporting.
 
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Old 11-05-13, 05:26 AM
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Yes, that is the answer I was looking for... I think I an going to go that route and replace ask the existing construction with an Lvl beam. The closet that sits behind the far sorts in the picture actually has foundation Under it as the original builder was going to put in a fire place
 
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Sorry for the bad typing.. Typing on a mobile phone. Thanks for the help
 
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Old 11-05-13, 01:27 PM
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Not while driving, certainly :NO NO NO:
 
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