removing a load-bearing wall


Old 08-27-00, 07:13 PM
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I have some idea how to do this, but tell me what you think. I want to expand the opening between the living room and dining room, which is at present about 5 feet wide. I want to make it about 12 feet wide. I plan to put up two temporary walls on either side of the wall to be removed in order to hold up the ceiling and roof trusses, which cross the wall at 90 degrees. I am not sure what size beam I need to span the new opening. I plan to use a couple of jacks to hold up each end of the beam and tehn frame around them. Any further suggestions? Thanks
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Old 08-27-00, 08:08 PM
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Start with a bldg. permit. The plan check engineer will tell you what to use for a beam that will work and be legal for you area (snow load, wind load, etc.)

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