Size of LVL?

Old 05-19-20, 06:33 PM
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Size of LVL?

We are removing a 12' section of a load-bearing wall on the second floor of our house and would like to replace that with a dropped beam. The wall is exactly in the middle of the floorplan (between the two parallel external walls) and is supporting the ceiling joists (not sure if I am using the correct term), such that 14' joists run in each direction toward the two exterior walls. What size LVLs (and how many) will be sufficient for this design?
Old 05-19-20, 06:37 PM
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Structural engineers and the like who are qualified to design make those specifications. When you put in beams, you also have load paths to consider all the way to your footing... and size of footing becomes an issue if it lands on a pad with no footing.

In short, your not asking a question that we can easily answer online.

My advice would be to head to your local lumber yard with your floorplan and they would probably be glad to help design you something if you get the LVLs from them.
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You can search online for the LVL span tables and get an idea. You will still need an Engineer for all the reasons XSleeper mentioned. It's not as simple as just that beam. It must have a proper load path all the way down to the footers in the ground.

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