It is not uncommon for homeowners to renovate their residences. Sometimes this means something simple, like painting, or a little more difficult, like replacing the floors. Sometimes renovations are more challenging like replacing a load-bearing wall or adding an addition to the existing structure. Whether you are a designer, builder, or a DIY'er, this document is intended to provide us with the necessary information to size a support member quickly and adequately for you.
Nomenclature/terminology of this document:
- Pressure Treated - wood that has been infused with chemical preservatives to protect the wood from rot. The wood is placed in a depressurized holding tank that removes the air and replaces it with a preservative. For exterior/wet applications, see TJ-7102
- Flush Beam - a beam that will be in the same elevation as the members it is supporting
- Dropped Beam - a beam that will be below the members it is supporting
- Bearing - a structural element that supports weight/loads
- Clear Span - the distance between the two inside surfaces of the span supports; the distance that is unsupported, or simply, the opening
- psf - Pounds per Square Foot
- plf - Pounds per Linear Foot
Required information to adequately size a member:
- Bearing/support types and lengths
- Clear span
- Loads to support
Installation details can be found throughout TJ-9000 (EAST) TJ-9020 (WEST) -- our beams, headers, and columns specifier’s guide.
As with most things, this document has its limitations. If your scenario is beyond the scope of this document, alternative options are listed below:
Span Charts: TJ-9000 or TJ-9020 starting on Page 6
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