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Subject: replacing bearing wall
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: tim2124-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 10 Nov 2006 23:18 PST
Expires: 10 Dec 2006 23:18 PST
Question ID: 781813
Hi, please help enlighten me with your knowledge of this subject.

I'm planning to cut an opening in my load bearing wall which will span
9 ft wide.  This is a two stories house and the load bearing wall is
on the ground level.  This load bearing wall is holding up between two
bedrooms above and above the bedrooms are a huge roof. So I go to
consider the roof and also the two bedroom weight on the header that I
want to replace the load bearing wall with.  The height of the ceiling
on the ground level is 8 ft tall and so if I put in a 6x16
will looks too low.  I also need to figure out the exact load of the
roof and two bedrooms bearing on the beam.  A few questions: Should I
use wood or steel I-beam and also is there an equation I can use to
figure this out.  Please advise.


Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 11 Nov 2006 01:34 PST
Where are you located? If in the UK you need to do the following:

"Structural Alterations - Any structural alteration, such as the
removal of a load-bearing wall and insertion of RSJ requires Building
Regulation Approval. You should submit a Building Regulation
application with supporting details and structural calculations before
commencing work on site."

You are contemplating a serious structural alteration. You need to
have a scructural engineer to advise you. Wood will not support such a
weight. You need an RSJ (rolled steel joist) sufficient to take the

I suspect that wherever you are located, this advice applies.

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