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Yellow pages (or google, or...) and "Structural steel" (or structural steel suppliers, fabricators, erectors, etc.) Many may not really want to work with you (there's not really any classification of "suppliers of one beam for a house project" so some of the companies listed may ONLY play in the "build a skyscraper" market) but that's who you need for ...


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One question was left unanswered here when "Community" bumped it back to the top because it hadn't been "accepted" yet: Yes. It's common for people to do that sort of thing. It's not something everybody's grandmother does, but it's certainly what I'd call common; nearly everybody I personally know (as in face-to-face "know") does things similar to what ...


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In a word: Yes. It is perfectly acceptable to replace a portion of a paint grade column so long as you do it correctly. The technique depicted in your video-link, however, is not up to snuff. I scoured youtube for a video to no avail but here's a image of what it should look like: Basically you need to support the load with prop studs or elephant jacks, ...


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I want to add on to ben's answer. You will always have sag with a 14 foot header. If it is a metal i-beam maybe 1/100th of an inch... Your wood/LVL will sag much more. What you are describing is ultra typical when there is a point load above and they used LVL. I don't know why cities keep allowing the use of LVL for anything more than 10 feet. It will ...


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Without destructive removal of finishes, it is impossible to know if it is a problem because the deflection of 0.625" (5/8") on a span of 14'-0" is less than the maximum allowable deflection (length/240) that has been typical in most US building codes for many years. The reality is that describing construction as 'meeting the code' sets the bar at the worst ...



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