Question by  shannonsebastian (38)

How do you place a support beam to support a load bearing wall?


Answer by  PeteRed (6)

The beam must be positioned so as to distribute the weight of the wall onto structures that can take the weight, for example, another load bearing wall, or another support. Care must be taken to ensure that there is enough intersection between the two structures.


Answer by  sc1234 (1319)

It sounds like you are trying to do a really big project! You or someone else could get seriously injured if you don't do this right, hire a contractor!


Answer by  joeinphilly (388)

First get a professional engineer to specify the beam size and column support positions. Build temp supports for the floor, remove wall and install beam and then remove temps.


Answer by  McCheese (1248)

While you're positioning the support beam, you need something to hold the wall in place. Try a cinder block or seal. Secure the support beam before you remove the cinder.


Answer by  worker9228 (87)

If there is an existing wall then one mustsupport each side of the wall temporarily and take down the load bearing wall. then put up the beam, engineered approved, with help and support the beam with proper legs on each end of the beam. You then can bring down the temporary walls and lett the beam do the work.

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