Home Improvement

Home improvement questions? Ask a handyman for answers

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

For a Structural Engineer Which wide flange I-beam do I choose This…

Customer Question
For a Structural Engineer: Which wide...
For a Structural Engineer:
Which wide flange I-beam do I choose?

This beam will replace a weight bearing wall in a house on a first story concrete floor of about 1000 sq feet with second story above that is about 2000 square feet. Two pipes at each end will hold up the beam. The pipes will sit on 2 concrete pads of 28” x 28” x 16” deep 5,000 psi concrete. The two pipes are each 3.5” diameter, schedule 80 pipe, seamless with top and bottom plates that are 14” x ½” x 6”. Plates will be bolted and welded.

#1 beam: 23.8” long 12” x 12” x 65 lbs per linear sq foot

#2 beam: 23.8” long 12” x 10” x 58 lbs per linear sq foot


(notes: I have a building permit and architectural plans, but plans do not specify beam weight. Both beams are in stock and a crane will take the beam inside the house. The 65 lb beam is heavier, will cost more and more difficult to hoist into the floor joist which are 16” on center. But will the lighter weight one bow in the middle or a weaker stress point?)
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Home Improvement
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Home Improvement Question
Answered in 1 day by:
4/5/2010
Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler, General Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 2,062
Experience: 35 years of troubleshooting construction, remodel, component & material failures. What to do next
Verified

Hi and thanks for using JustAnswer.com.

You must use the beam specified in the plan that was used to obtain the permit. OR you could get the architect to redraw the page with the beam detail and have it restamped by his engineer. How much the beam weighs is not relevant. What the beam will support is relevant and the engineer has already calculated this for the plan you submitted to get your building permit. If you want to change to a lighter beam for ease of install, you will need to get the engineer to sign off on it, and submit it as a change to your permitted plans.

JA experts can not sign off on plans or permits because we are restricted to this interface. Contact outside of JA is prohibited by the site. No matter as you will have to use the engineer who drew your plans anyway.

I hope that this information was helpful to you. If it was please remember to click "ACCEPT" on your screen to make sure that I am paid for my efforts. By clicking ACCEPT you are not giving up your ability to ask more questions pertaining to this subject, and I will be happy to respond to these as well. Please take a moment and leave feedback, it is very important!
If I exceeded your expectations, a bonus is greatly appreciated- it's easy to do
when you accept an answer. Or you can come back and add a bonus at a later date by using the "bonus" button at the top your question page.

Ask Your Own Home Improvement Question
Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago

My experience has been that most likely there will be no charge from the architect or engineer to make such a small change.

I hope that this information was helpful to you. If it was please remember to click "ACCEPT" on your screen to make sure that I am paid for my efforts. By clicking ACCEPT you are not giving up your ability to ask more questions pertaining to this subject, and I will be happy to respond to these as well. Please take a moment and leave feedback, it is very important!
If I exceeded your expectations, a bonus is greatly appreciated- it's easy to do
when you accept an answer. Or you can come back and add a bonus at a later date by using the "bonus" button at the top your question page.

Ask Your Own Home Improvement Question
Home Improvement Expert: Stephen Cutler, General Contractor replied 8 years ago
Did you close the question to "shoot the messenger"?
Ask Your Own Home Improvement Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a home improvement expertLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Stephen Cutler Your Own Question
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler, General Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 2,062
2,062 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 35 years of troubleshooting construction, remodel, component & material failures. What to do next

Stephen Cutler is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

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

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Thank you for the expeditious answer. It's good to know you're out there and awake in the wee hours when I finally have time to ask questions about my Jenn Air.

JeanRiverhead, NY

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Brian

Brian

Architect

2,153 satisfied customers

Licensed Architect- 17 years, L.E.E.D. AP

The Home Smithy

The Home Smithy

Home Builder

2,084 satisfied customers

#1 Home Improvement Expert 30+ years experience

Steve G.

Steve G.

Handyman

221 satisfied customers

VP of electronic repair company and home theater advisor.

StructuralEng

StructuralEng

Civil Engineer

14 satisfied customers

Licensed Structural Engineer

Eric M. Bright

Eric M. Bright

We Don't Comprehend the Word Can't!

1,734 satisfied customers

I've been been doing things for my clients that others have said cant be done for over a 1/4 Century

Phil

Phil

Mechanical Engineer

711 satisfied customers

Retired contractor, 51 years experience

Martin

Martin

Electrical Engineer

689 satisfied customers

Design, construct, fix and grow stuff around and in the home.

< Previous | Next >

Related Home Improvement Questions
I want to hang up a large kayak sailboat inside my garage
Hi, I want to hang up a large kayak sailboat inside my garage interior which is 20 feet wide on the inside. I recently had the garage drywalled and found out the joist/ rafter design precludes hanging… read more
Dovetail Greene
Dovetail Greene
President
432 satisfied customers
I want to know how much weight my deck can support. It is
I want to know how much weight my deck can support. It is 10'x16', framed with pressure treated wood. It is cantilevered off the house and 9ft above the ground. The outside frame is double 2x10 and th… read more
Machinc
Machinc
Retired
1,007 satisfied customers
i am trying to find building codes for georgia. i have property
i am trying to find building codes for georgia. i have property in chattooga county and want to build a cement block building 30x40 and need to know foundation requirements. thank you… read more
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler
General Contractor
2,062 satisfied customers
What is the maximum supported weight from engineered joists
What is the maximum supported weight from engineered joists at 19" o.c. in a third floor condo? The engineer claims 40 psf. I have a fish tank that weighs 560 lbs fully loaded including stand and ever… read more
Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton
High School or GED
246 satisfied customers
I have a question on the amount of load my ceiling/floor joists
I have a question on the amount of load my ceiling/floor joists can handle in a late 1800s house. Everything is at least 2" sometimes it even looks like more than 2" rough cut joists. The room is just… read more
Brian
Brian
Architect
Bachelor's Degree
2,153 satisfied customers
I plan to put in a wood basement floor after removing a concrete
I plan to put in a wood basement floor after removing a concrete basement floor. Entire home is on piles. How do I determine the minimum requirements for joists/beams strength as they support inward p… read more
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler
General Contractor
2,062 satisfied customers
I need to replace the main Support beam under deck. What size
I need to replace the main Support beam under deck. What size of steel or LVL beam would i need to carry a 18' span @ 40 lbs sq ft of load?… read more
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler
General Contractor
2,062 satisfied customers
Please help me. My husband doesnt think we have a problem
Please help me. My husband doesn't think we have a problem and doesn't want to hire a structural engineer! Basically, we have a 16 foot high cathedral ceiling that has a span of 21 feet on the ridge b… read more
David L.
David L.
137 satisfied customers
I need to know what size I-beam to span a 35ft. distance with
I need to know what size I-beam to span a 35ft. distance with a load in the center of the beam of 3000#. This is not figuring the weight of the beam, just the load on it. I would prefer to use a 10 or… read more
Patrick
Patrick
Bachelor's Degree
1,269 satisfied customers
building 16x8 wood shed w/ 8 tall walls. split wood is
building 16'x8' wood shed w/ 8' tall walls. split wood is being stacked at least 7' high against the narrow sides. found 2x4's to be inadequate. what would you recommend as minimum board dimensions fo… read more
Patrick
Patrick
Bachelor's Degree
1,269 satisfied customers
I am looking at replacing cement block support posts with steel
I am looking at replacing cement block support posts with steel jack posts to make a better finished basement. Here is the current set-up: 1 storey bungalow (1961) Toronto, Canada, I-beam 3" x 6" abou… read more
Rick the plumber
Rick the plumber
Owner
9,857 satisfied customers
I seen a show were Mike was using jack posts to support a new
I seen a show were Mike was using jack posts to support a new main beam. I have a two storey older home 24' wide by 30' depth. Someone dug out the basement and poured a new floor on the earth. In doin… read more
Stephen Cutler
Stephen Cutler
General Contractor
2,062 satisfied customers
need load capacity of deck. 12x16 deck. joists are 2x10 16
need load capacity of deck. 12x16 deck. joists are 2x10 16" oc. 6x6 posts are 1 1/2' in from sides and 2' in from end of deck. 2-2x10's sit on top of 6x6 posts holding all joists. 7' span in between 3… read more
Rick the plumber
Rick the plumber
Owner
9,857 satisfied customers
I have a bungalow, the main floor of which is suppoted by an
I have a bungalow, the main floor of which is suppoted by an 8"x8" beam 28' long. At the moment there are no structural supports to this beam. I am planning on adding three steel posts for support. Wh… read more
The Home Smithy
The Home Smithy
Home Builder
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
2,084 satisfied customers
okay,....i already built this thing,....and now i realize that
okay,....i already built this thing,....and now i realize that i did not do my research. I built a raised koi pond out of pressure treated wood. 4 x 6 inch (which really 3.5 x 5.5) It is 4 foot wide a… read more
Rick the plumber
Rick the plumber
Owner
9,857 satisfied customers
I am building an addition onto my house with a ...
I am building an addition onto my house with a covered patio area that is 20ft by 19ft and I am supporting it with a beam able to take the weight of 400lbs. I was wondering if I could use 2 7/8th galv… read more
Dennis M. Smith
Dennis M. Smith
Retired
Bachelor Degree
1,293 satisfied customers
I am building a storage shed that is 117 sq ft two story ...
I am building a storage shed that is 117 sq ft two story high, what should the psi be on the foundation… read more
The Geezer
The Geezer
Master's Degree
120 satisfied customers
I am purchasing a new home and it includes a patio cover ...
I am purchasing a new home and it includes a patio cover with an attached 9 foot by 8 foot by 9 inch thick concrete slab. Would that concrete slab handle the weight of a portable spa? I have two optio… read more
The Home Smithy
The Home Smithy
Home Builder
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
2,084 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x