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So I am removing this wall that was partitioning the family room/living room from the kitchen and dining area. In addition to this wall, I am also removing a shed that is accessed from the outside and making it part of the interior remodel by bricking up the exterior access door and installing window.

My question: Is an LVL beam required in my case? If so, what is the minimum suggested? The entire width of the house that the ceiling joists run are 24'. The joists are butted together on top of a partitioning beam that runs the full length of the house. Seems to be double 2x4s.
Once shed is removed the open space will become approximately 24'x16'.
I am under the assumption that I need an LVL or at least some 2x6s to run as a beam directly underneath this double 2x4 partitioning beam and it will be supported by triple 2x6 or 2x4??

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Thanks in advance!
 

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I'd be willing to bet it's going to take more than a beam made out of 2x6's.:laughing:

I have a flush beam running the width of my house (24').
It got spec'd as a triple 16" microlam.
 

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The beam won't run the width of the house, but rather the 16' span from end of house to far left of kitchen entry.


I'd be willing to bet it's going to take more than a beam made out of 2x6's.:laughing:

I have a flush beam running the width of my house (24').
It got spec'd as a triple 16" microlam.
 

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Most reputable lumber yards can help you with load calculations (like ProBuild formerly Carter-Lee here in Indianapolis). They will ask you a few questions like load span and what is above the load. Then they will guide you to what size beam you need and then sell you that beam. That part is simple.

As for temporary walls and installation that will be on you.
 

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All of this is in the building code. Best to have permits and proper structural plans drawn up. Especially if you are asking on an internet forum, no offense but it sounds like you don't know much about framing. Find someone who does. Who understands point loads, etc.
 

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Just remember, a load bearing wall cannot be longer than 62 feet by code.


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