How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask walkereng Your Own Question

walkereng
walkereng, Consultant
Category: Structural Engineering
Satisfied Customers: 2641
Experience:  Over 30 years of Structural Engineering experience.
61772417
Type Your Structural Engineering Question Here...
walkereng is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What size steel beam ( with 3/8" steel plate) 10 feet garage

Customer Question

what size steel beam ( with 3/8" steel plate) for a 10 feet garage door opening with 6 to 8 feet of 12 " masonry above
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

I can help

Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

Will this beam only support the masonry, or will there be floor joists or roof rafters supported above the beam?

Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

Does the masonry block above have grouted cells?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Steel roof joists above, not in area was told Joists run along side of wall but I should base on bearing on wall to be safe n cores not filled solid
Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

Few more questions:

1. What city and state do you live in for possible snow load consideration.

2. What is the span of the roof joists (exterior wall to exterior wall)?

3. What is your roofing material?

Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

Let me know when you come back online

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
1 Warmister Pa.
2 approximately 20ft ext wall to support beam
3 bituminous built up roof
Expert:  walkereng replied 10 months ago.

Sorry for the delay, I have been traveling for the last couple of days.

I’d like to point out that a Professional Engineer’s standard of care typically includes a site visit to assess field conditions and get an overall understanding of the structure. This can obviously not be accomplished through the internet. The information provided here is meant for planning purposes only (general sizing and budgeting) and is based on the information provided by you. All loading cases considered are for vertical loads only, no lateral analysis has been completed. The information should be verified by a professional engineer who can visit the site to ensure that potentially important information has not been overlooked or omitted.

You can use a W6x16 (50 ksi) steel beam for your 10’ span beam. The beam is 4” wide and 6.25” deep. It weighs 16 pounds per foot of beam length.

You will need to have a local engineer detail your connections, size your support columns, and determine foundation requirements.

If you feel you have received a satisfactory answer to your question, click the Rating button that is appropriate. Experts are credited for each adequately Rated answer they provide. If you have additional questions, please let me know. Thanks

Related Structural Engineering Questions