09:02AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 12/05/04
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I am working with my builder to design my new home and he is telling me that instead of a beam they are going to frame up a laod bearing wall doen the middle of the basement. Is this better or worse?? I am conerned abour sagging floors down the road. The home is a rancher and he stated since I was going to finish the basement and have to fram around the poles they would do a load bearing wall with the doors cut out so that when I finished the basement this wall woudl be done. Please help me!!!!

Glenn Good

01:00PM | 12/10/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
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A load bearing wall in many cases is better than a beam.

A beam can sag or move under loading where a wall will not.

The one thing you should be aware of is that a load bearing wall requires a thickened slab or a concrete footer to support it.

If your floor is already poured and there was no additional concrete placed for the wall then you should insist on using a beam or the floor should be cut at the new wall location to install a concrete footer.


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