Now That's a Beam....
So yeah, we had a little structural work to do at our place, and when I say, "little structural work" what I really mean is, "we rebuilt 80% of the house from the inside out."
Here's a shot of the new beam that spans the kitchen ceiling. It picks up half of the roof ridge one floor above it. I'd say it's never going to budge. I'd even go as far as to say, you could park a truck on my roof with no problems. The 16' beam consists of two 7"LVLs, two 7" SPF, one 7" chestnut, and just to make sure it's still standing after nuclear Armageddon, a 3/4" steel plate. The whole thing is bolted through with two 10-1/2" bolts every foot, top and bottom. Substantial.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 17, 2012 5:19 AM
In some recent structural we did, I ended up with a 3 ply (5-1/4" thick), 18" deep LVL that spans 25'. It took 4 of us to hoist each ply.