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I have a 27 foot span that I would beam across to carry the

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Hi - I have a 27 foot span that I would beam across to carry the second floor of a house. the Joists on each side of the beam would be 13 ft
JA: OK. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best.
Customer: Is it possible to span with wood or steel? This would also be an interior remodel so a crane lift for the beam would be difficult
JA: Is there anything else the Structural Engineer should be aware of?
Customer: just looking at whats even remotely possible. Would like to consider recessing beam into ceiling and have joists butt jointed to the beam
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

Is it supporting the second floor and attic or just the second floor?

Will it support any ceramic tile?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The house is a ranch but we have bedrooms on the second floor and a bathroom but that is not over the open span. Plan to have Hardwood floors upstairs eventually
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

A ranch with a second floor?

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

I'm assuming you converted the attic into living space?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
we have a tall Ridge line that allows for 7 1/2 foot ceilings
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

You can plan for a 7" x 20" 2.0E LVL

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
do you know the Weight / foot and KIPS Rating?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

Beams don't get a kips rating

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

It's about 41 pounds per foot for all four plies together.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
LVL is a Engineered Wood Beam?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

Yes

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
is there a steel equivalent that has a lower profile (less than 20 ")
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

Yes

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 11 months ago.

W14x34. It's 14" deep and weighs 34 pounds per foot.