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I want to remove a load bearing wall in the middle of my

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I want to remove a load bearing wall in the middle of my house. Single story stick built ceiling joist are 2x6 12 inch on center. I was told that 2x12 triple sandwiches with 1/2 inch ply wood would handle the load. But I am unsure.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

What is the hoist length on each side of the beam? What is the span of the beam? Is it supporting the attic only? No roof or floor?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The ceiling joist are 11ft 8 in either side
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No roof load I may need to get into the attic once or twice a year no storage.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

What about the span of the beam?

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

What about the span of the beam?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
17 ft 6 inches
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

A triple 2x12 will not work. You will need a 5.25" x 11.25" 2.0E LVL

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you for your answer. I am wondering since this beam in only holding 2x6"s and drywall what is the longest I can stretch 2x12s for this application. I understand that lvl is much stronger do to the epoxy and man made vs nature.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 9 months ago.

With Doug-fir no. 2, 13'-6".

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