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Old 12-21-2008, 10:21 PM  
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thanks for the advise
I went into the attic today and the roof rafters come to a V right above that wall. The rafters overlap and sit right on the top plate of that wall. Looks like i'm going to have to support both sides when i cut the wall out. for the beam support i plan on doubling a some studs and for the beam to rest on.



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Old 12-21-2008, 11:40 PM  
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Hello Nick:
OK now we know what we're up against. There should be 3 studs at each end to support the beam. And yes, it is wise to support both sides temporarily.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:38 PM  
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good to know tomorrow i'll contact some lumber yards to see if i can get some beam pricing and specs.

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Hi I did the same project a few years ago. I have a 1 story house and the wall was load bearing. A local lumber yard had a computer program to calculate the spec's of the beam needed. I went with 2 2x12 laminated beams nailed and glued together. I rented jacks from a rental store for each side to support ceiling while I replaced the beam. I supported the laminated beam on the I-beam in the basement with 4x4 thru holes cut in the floor. I drywalled the arch with plastic round over trim. I haven't had any cracking or settling issues with it.

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Erndog,

Nice project! I really like the bull-nose corner bead. Thanks for posting picts too!
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