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Old 06-13-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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LVL Beams Vs Built-up Dimensional Lumber

I am trying to figure out what sort of LVL beam I should order for the construction of my house.
It is a bi-level split with a half second story. On the main floor I was going to build up 3 2x12s for a 36' long beam (supported about every 10' by 3 1/4" lally columns) with 2x10 joists running 14' lengths on one side (16" OC) and 12' lengths on the other side (total floor is 26' x 36'). What kind and dimension of LVL beam should i choose as an alternative to this built-up beam - and what dimension i-beam joist should I choose instead of the 2x10s?
The second floor is also currently planned to have a same beam and joist configuration (total floor is 20' x 26') - here I was going to run the beam laterally (that is 26' long - with 10' long 2x10 joist on either side). I assume the same type of LVL and ibeams will work for the second story?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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Re: LVL Beams Vs Built-up Dimensional Lumber

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