COMMUNITY FORUM

george_chelli

07:51AM | 03/18/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
1 lifetime posts
Bvmisc
oes anyone know what size steel support beam I need for a deck? I want to build a 16' X 24' deck on to the back of my house. I plan to use 2x8 pressure treated joists 16? on center supported by a 24? steel beam. The steel beam will rest on two concrete pillars 18 to 20 feet apart. What size steel I-beam do I need?

GlennG

09:28AM | 03/18/03
George,

The only person that is truly qualified to answer that question would be a structural engineer. The beam is not the only integral part of your design. The support columns and the footings under them are also an important part that will need to be designed to support the weight that will be placed on them as well as the live load that will be added from people, furniture, etc. If I or anyone else were to give you a size for this beam we would be opening ourselves up to liability against the failure of your design. Most structural engineers will not answer this question across the internet due to problems from practicing in a state other than the one they are licensed in.

Best advice is to consult an expert in your area (Structural engineer) and have your design approved by your local building inspections department.

Glenn

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With nothing more than a saw and some plywood, you can create your own Christmas tree cutout forest. Give the "tree" a coa... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon