Saint Enterprise LLC. Remodeling Contractor
saint enterprise llc
January 22, 2014 in Design Dilemma
looking for info on installing non visible load bearing beams.
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Wrightworks, LLC
What kind of information are you looking for?
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saint enterprise llc
I was looking for something in the way of an instructional video.
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Wrightworks, LLC
That's a tough one. For the most part, those type of beams are specified by a structural engineer. Part of the specification would include the installation and fastening method.

We've installed a number of these over the years, to replace partition walls during renovations to open one space to another (kitchen expansions, for example).

The key factors are:

1. The amount of weight which will have to be carried by the new beam--which the engineer will calculate and use to determine the size and type of the beam.


2. The support of the new beam down to a proper footer.

A video might show the principles involved--but I would highly suggest you consult and engineer to ensure the type and size of beam is adequate for the conditions of your project.
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saint enterprise llc
Thanks, I've installed support beams before after supporting the ceiling on both sides of the partition that was removed but when finished you could still tell it was a beam there. This customer I have is adament about having a smooth transition from room to room. This is a one story house with no perlings attached to the top plate of the load bearing partition. Also there is support to the foundation at both ends of the span the support would cover. I will definitely check with a structural engineer on what the specs of a support of this type would be. Thanks again for your advise
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Marroquin Construction Corporation
This comes down to a liability issue that I don’t even want to ponder. In order to protect all parties involved I highly suggest using an engineer. In that way you get all your sheer and load calculations correct for the permit process. Having a structure problem after a project is complete could put a serious hit on the company wallet.
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