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Im removing a load-bearing wall in a 1960'S house I just

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Im removing a load-bearing wall in a 1960'S house I just bought. I am thinking of using (2) LVL that will be 18'-0" long. One side of the beam will have 2x6 ceiling joists face-hung at 16" o.c. (they span roughly 12' to the exterior wall). the other side of the beam vaults upward at a 3:12 pitch. Framing consists of 2x6's at 24" o.c. (this is an inner cavity to form the vaulted space) these will end up being face-hung as well. The roof pitch is 6:12 and the rafters are independent of the vaulted ceiling framing. The unsupported span is roughly 16'. With (2) LVL's for a total of 3.5" wide, how deep should the LVL's be?Have pics if needed.
Thank you,
Jeff
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
Hello
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
I can help
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
Please attach pictures with the paper clip icon
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Good Morning,
What do you think?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
pulling them from my cell. One moment.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
terrible attic shot, but gives you an idea of the vault framing
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Did you get the pics?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
I did. One side is sloped roof and the flat side is roof or attic?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
What is your city and state so I can look at snow loading?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Its a single story. Attic is over both spaces.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I would like to minimize the beam depth as much as possible.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Im in houston tx. 77079. The beam should only have the weight of the ceiling joists on it. The roof framing is separate and doesnt really transfer load anywhere the beam is going.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
7" X 12.875" 2.0E LVL will work to limit deflection to L/360
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I was hoping to use (2) lvl's for a total of 3-1/2" wide so that I can sit on existing framed walls. How deep would those have to be?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.

3.5" x 14" 2.2E LVL

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