02:28AM | 10/22/03
Member Since: 10/21/03
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I am hoping to fit a new large aquarium in the upstairs of my house. The final weight is going to be roughly 2,000-2,500 lbs. It will be agaisnt an outsite load bearing wall, and the house is relativly new if that makes a difference.

Would the floor beable to hold this weight OK?



[This message has been edited by craigs (edited October 22, 2003).]


10:59AM | 10/23/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
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What kind of floor are you thinking of using?


11:04AM | 10/23/03
Member Since: 10/21/03
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I believe the floor upstairs is wooden beams, around 12-16" apart. I know the tank will go accross these, and not run along them if that makes much difference?


03:55PM | 10/23/03
Member Since: 10/22/03
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In a newly constructed house the dead loading requirements on the second floor should be about 80-100# psf. That would suggest the weight being distributed over about 25 SF. It will be less likely to cause defelection being next to a bearing wall. If you excede that loading build a 2 x 10 platform to distribute the weight across several joists. A steel plate would do the same job. Loading this much weight on one or two joists could cause a structural failure.
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