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I have a span running 178" that currently has 3 windows and

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I have a span running 178" that currently has 3 windows and a door. It is a 2 story house. I know I need a Glulam header but not sure how big? What info Do I need to make that determination?
JA: OK. Is there anything else the Structural Engineer should be aware of?
Customer: My customer is wanting to put in a sliding door system going out to their patio. It obviously is a load bearing wall
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
Hello
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
I can help
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
Is it supporting a roof only or an attic and/or floor, too?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Both a roof and a second floor
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
What is the joist length on each side of the beam.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
It is an external wall so nothing on one side
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I sent you a pic
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
14' is the span in the living room
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
What is the city and state so I can look at snow loading?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Rockwall, TX
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
It rarely ever snows
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
Will it support any ceramic tile?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Not sure I understand your question?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
Will there be any ceramic tile on the second floor supported by this beam?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Not directly above. There is a bedroom above with a wood laminate floor.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.
You can plan for a 5.25" x 16" 2.0E LVL to limit deflection to about 3/8"
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 4 months ago.

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