05:29AM | 10/03/02
Member Since: 10/02/02
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I'm framing a new room in my basement and would like to conceal an I beam inside one of the walls. Any ideas on using the I beam as a header? Can I bolt a 2x4 to the bottom of the I beam or will the holes that I would have to drill in the bottom of the beam compromize the integrity of the beam? Any building code issues here? Thanks for any help!


01:28PM | 10/03/02
We bolt wood to "I" beams all the time on commercial jobs. You do not want to drill large holes in the beam but 1/4" or even 3/8" holes should not be any problem. Should not be any code issues for this.



08:13AM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
I've nailed 2x4's into the beam with a high velocity nail gun. Those work quite weel, if you can still find one.


12:44PM | 07/16/14
Member Since: 01/29/14
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Large holes in the beam but 1/4" or even 3/8" holes should be easily hole into it,as well as a beam of size is particularly way.
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