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Old 10-26-2017, 06:56 AM   #1
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I am working on a basement 16' X 40'. There is an existing beam running 30' of the 40' length. There is no beam supporting the remaining 10'. I have been asked to install footings, posts and beam in this 10' span. I comfortable performing the above, but the architect mentioned about 3" or 4" bearing and I am not sure what he means. I have quoted part of his email to me.

Quoted - "Yes you need to install 2 new post and concrete pad footings.
The beam needs to sit inside the existing foundation wall with a min of 3" of bearing but typically 4" is better."
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It just means the the beam needs to sit on 3" for the full width of the beam.

I would like to see a picture of the floor. I can't imagine that the house was built without a beam that was required. Do the floor joists in that area run the opposite direction from the rest of the house?

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Hello B.Johnson
The house was built back inthe 1920's. Looks like beams have been added over the years. Double 2" X 6" Wooden beam on two double 2" x4" wooden posts, 10' feet long. Then an "H" beam (8")on two steel posts 20' long. Nothing holding up the remaining 10'.
All joists are a little less than 16' long, going in the same direction. If you would like pictures, I can supply later tonight.

To clarify your posting, 3" of bearing simply means i need to rest 3" square of beam on a post with a 3" square top and bottom plate.

Note - I will be using an 8" "H" beam to match the one in the middle with and 8" X 8" x 1/2" plate on a 2' x 2' x 8" cement foot pad on either end.
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Hello
I am working on a basement 16' X 40'. There is an existing beam running 30' of the 40' length. There is no beam supporting the remaining 10'. I have been asked to install footings, posts and beam in this 10' span. I comfortable performing the above, but the architect mentioned about 3" or 4" bearing and I am not sure what he means. I have quoted part of his email to me.

Quoted - "Yes you need to install 2 new post and concrete pad footings.
The beam needs to sit inside the existing foundation wall with a min of 3" of bearing but typically 4" is better."

Steve,

Are you sure that you work in the industry?

I sometimes I brain fart on terminology, but between this question and the other thread you started, it seems like you are a homeowner working on your own basement.
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