Opening a Kitchen and Living room wall
I am starting to open the wall between my kitchen and my living room. This is a top floor with nothing above the wall in the attic except for 2x6 ceiling rafters running the 25' wide of the two rooms (two lengths of rafters that are nailed together directly above the wall I want to remove). The wall I want to open will be 22' in length between the two rooms.
I can either put a beam up in the attic and attach the rafters to that beam or I can have a beam below the ceiling but I would not want to go more than a 12'' below the ceiling.
Can someone tell me what size of beam I would need to use in this project? Thank you Duane
Some good reading on the subject...
These are both articles from JLC, 2007 and hopefully shows how competent pros approach this kind of problem.
This is not quite the same roofing problem, but it is the article I was remembering. The main point is a creative solution to removing collar ties with steel:
I think in that same issue there was a little engineering blurb about loads increasing as collar tie height rises, but that's a bit beyond my memory and my "library" of old issues is not particularly organized or complete. :)
This one talks about using a low-profile beam, but mentions very little of the support lower down. Still might be interesting if you do hope for a "slim" beam:
No charge for the research... this time. ;)