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lambierules 09-02-2013 10:37 AM

Ceiling support beam
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I came across this forum searching about installing a basement support beam. Bought a century home and am re-doing the basement. Our house inspector suggested a beam in the basement to prevent sagging, it is only a single wide lot and was never built with a support beam.

The dimensions are 15' x 30'. I was thinking about running a beam from the front to back. Any suggestions on what to use for material and how man poles to add would be appreciated.

I was told 2 2x8's with a layer of particle board in the middle. Do the 2x8's need to be a complete 30' long or made up of pieces.

CallMeVilla 09-02-2013 10:52 AM

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Spend a few $$$ for a structural engineer to review the framing. He can determine the weight loads and recommend the proper way to reinforce the celing. Seriously. Then, with some help, you might be able to do much of the work yourself to save $$$ ... knowing you will be doing the right things.

Here is a helpful introductory article which will give you an overview of the tasks...

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