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I have a 4x10 glue lam beam that I would like to recess into

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I have a 4x10 glue lam beam that I would like to recess into 2x10 floor joist. The span on each side of where the beam is going is 12'. The area above is a attic with nothing in it. Would this beam work
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Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
Hello. I can help
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
Can it have storage or no?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
What is the span of the glulam beam?
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
It going to be a clothing closet hanging clothes. Span of the beam is 16' 3 1/2"
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
That beam works for strength, but only works for deflection if it's s non-storage attic. If you can have any storage in the attic then you need a 5.125" X 12" glulam 24F-V4
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
Otherwise the 3.5" X 12" 24F-V4 will work
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
One engineer said 2 2x10 with a steel plate in the middle would work. Isn't a glue lam beam 4x16'3 q
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Isn't the beam stronger
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
2 2x10 with a steel plate in the middle bolted together would cover 16'3 1/2 span . That what this one engineer said. Isn't a glue lam beam stronger.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
Than steel?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.
You can make a flitch plate beam work for almost any application. You can make the steel plate as thick as necessary. No, a glulam is not stronger than a flitch plate beam.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

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