I would like to open up a basement by removing a 2x6 stud wall and replace
it with a wood laminated beam ( 2x10's or 12's) where can I get some info on
the proper size and min opening between supports. It's a 2 story house and
12' joist span at existing wall.
It would be a bit unusual for a basement wall to be load bearing.
I suspect you have a beam/girder already and the 2x6 wall was used
to conceal the i beam and /or columns. You can't just yank the
wall out and hope that the beam is there, but I would sure do some
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Above my head right now, I have a triple 2x10 beam that spans 11 feet
across an alcove and supported at the ends by being embedded into
concrete walls. The joists run perpendicular across this beam. There is
a kitchen above and it has been there for 25 years.
If you can calculate the load that the beam will need to handle (lbs
per ft). you could use a span calculator to size it.
Depending on the load & the span you might be able to get away with a
multiple 2x10 or 2x12.
If the loads are high & you want to minimize beam depth you might
consider a glulam.
here is a link to glulam load / span tables depending on service
condition & wood species
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