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I am removing an outside wall--2x4's--on the first floor of

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I am removing an outside wall--2x4's--on the first floor of a three story home. The ceiling that sits on the wall has 2x6 t&g boards perpendicular to this outside wall and they sit on 4x12 beams that are parallel to the outside wall. The ceiling of the 2nd floor has 4x12 TrusJoist joists 12 on center x 23 feet, so these definitely add to the load on the outside wall in question. The 3rd floor is vaulted with a Parallam beam as the ridge beam for the roof system and is parallel to the outside wall of which I am wanting to 'replace' 14 feet. I only have the 12" ceiling space to put a beam in. The foundation has been beefed up considerably and could probably hold a skyscraper. Would you be able to get me into the "ballpark" of a glulam size so this wall can be open enough to connect to a new dining room? The DR addition on the other side of this outside wall sits on its own foundation without impacting the existing "outside wall" as I keep calling it.
I wanted to 'bury ' this beam in the ceiling but I think I'll be content to put it under/supporting the ceiling space. Thank you.
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.

What is the span of this beam going to be?

Will this support the second floor, attic, and roof?

Will it support any ceramic tile?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
the beam will span 14 feet.
I don't think that it supports the 2nd floor, as there are 4x12 beams in the first floor ceiling taking the load , which are at right angles to the outside wall. The roof sits on the wall with a ridge beam. Also, this would all be setting on a post, and then I am opening another place in the same wall, but it is only 12 foot, but has the beam for the support of the previously mentioned 4x12 beams that are perpendicular to the wall. I was thinking that what would apply to the 14 foot span would apply to the 12 foot span. Now that I look at that beam on the 12 foot section, I realize that that may not be true.
No ceramic tile.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.

Can you post a framing sketch so I can track load to the wall.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I can take a pic of my sketch, if that would work, or draw something up right now and send. It would be very rudimentary.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.

rudimentary is fine. I just need to understand the framing.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Gonna be hard to get me by tel.
Let me send a brief framing sketch and go from there.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Im just headed out and may not be able to get back for a few hours. If so, can we take this up later?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.

No problem.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thanks
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hi, did you get the sketch?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I have some pics I could also send.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
The sketch is not showing up. Did you attach it with the paperclip icon?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 month ago.
I don't see a sketch. Can you attach it with the paper clip icon?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Where is the paper clip icon?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 29 days ago.

It's at the top of the chat box.

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