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Nicole, hard to visualize what you described

Posted by LJ in TX on January 4th, 2003 08:41 PM
In reply to Load Bearing Beam? by Nicole on January 4th, 2003 10:00 AM [Go to top of thread]

are the two wood beams solid wood or false beams ..boxed up with 1x material. ???? what is above the three beams..? can you get to that part of the ceiling to see where the ends of the joist in the ceiling fall....? that will really determine if those other 2 wood beams are load bearing ...but why were they there to begin with..?? were they there originally and the steel beam was added later to remove a load bearing wall???? sorry for all the questions but what will determine whether they can be removed without worry that anything above will cave in is whether or not they are supporting any joist above them. I would cut a hole in the drywall if necessary to see what is above those beams. if the steel beam is carrying all the overhead load of the joist, then most likely they can be safely removed. what are the wood beams resting on at each end?????? to be extra cautious you might get an on the scene expert opinion from licensed architect or structural engineer. you need to go about this carefully.... good luck. LJ

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