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It is after midnight here, can I get back with you in the morning?
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I will be able to get back with you by 10 a.m. Tomorrow if that works
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Can you take a look at the following link and answer the questions at the bottom of the sheet? Your answers will allow me to accurately model the loading and size your beam. Thanks
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.
Your shallowest depth beam would be a W4x13 (50 ksi) steel beam for your approx. 8’ span beam. The beam is 4” wide and 4.125” deep. It weighs 13 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.
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That steel beam option, is the shallowest member for your configuration. A would beam or LVL would be in the 6" to 8" depth range. I can run some exact numbers for you in the morning if you like. It is about 1 a.m. here right now.
I can give you a couple engineered wood options for your 8’ span beam:
3-1/2” x 7-1/4” King Beam 30F-E4 DF/SP
3-1/2” x 7-1/4” Versa-Lam 2.0 3100 DF
These are Boise Cascade products and you can go to the following link to find distributors in your area. http://www.bc.com/locations/#!/building-materials-distribution
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