2X6 span


Old 02-16-07, 05:15 PM
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2X6 span

I am building a 12 x 16 shed/hideout room in the backyard.
I am just about finished and have found that I have somewhere around 70 8ft 2x6s leftover and 25 14ft

My son has suggested that I put a mini loft in the shed but I don't k ow if 12 feet is to far of a span

The joists would be 12 ft 2 x6 set at 16" with no bearing wall to support the middle, the flooring of the "loft" would also be 2x6

What does anybody think, is this too much weight across too great a span>
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Old 02-18-07, 12:16 PM
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You might get away with a loft if you use a lightweight decking material (not 2x6's) and only stored a few light weight items. Basically 12 feet is too far for a 2x6 to span.

You could run a couple of your 2x6's across and use them to store wood, fishing poles and other long, light items overhead. Doubling up the 2x6's will give you a little more strength.
Old 02-19-07, 12:51 PM
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I figured it was too long
Originally there was only going to be a four foot loft with the wall of the little kitchenette supporting to joist.

2x6 is the only material that I have to work with if I am going to do it.
Doubling up may be an option.

A friend suggested supporting from the rafters down instead of the floor up, but the rafters are 2x4 so I don't think they would stand the strain over time.

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