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I need to know what type and size of beam it would take to

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I need to know what type and size of beam it would take to hold the ends of a 24' X 16' section of floor joists. The floor joists it will support are 2X12-16' on 16" centers for living quarters above the center section of a free spanning 24' X 40' shop below. I am hoping that 3 LVLs (1 3/4")could be nailed together to free span the 24' section and support the ends of the 16' floor joists without a post mid way, but don't know what the LVL depth required would be, if it can be done. I've figured the floor above for 40 lbs/sf live load.
I suppose the alternative is a glulam or steel I-beam, but I'd prefer to work with wood. Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello. How are you doing? I'll be happy to assist you

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Can I get back to you in an hour or so?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sure, no problem
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Will there be any ceramic tile on this floor?

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Without ceramic tile you will need a triple 1.75" x 16" 2.0E LVL

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

You would need 7" x 18" 2.2E LVL with ceramic tile

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** so deflection is not a strict consideration.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

No problem. I'm happy to help. Good luck with your project.

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