We have a two story house that has a garage that has half of the 2nd story covering it and the other half doesn't. I want to build an "attic" opening to be able to access to run cables and other things.
So if you can imagine a garage with the back half of it that's holding the weight of the 2nd story and front half of the garage that's empty with at least a 4-5 foot gap from the ceiling to the garage roof to move around. This is where I want to place my access hole opening.
The issue is, I'm not sure if it's safe or to code etc.
This is what the stud/wood layout is now. There are two 2x10 inch boards that are attached to each other with 9 inch gaps between the double studs that run from the back toward the front. Since the 2x10 inch boards are running side by side, this equals another 3 inches.
This is what I'm planning on doing. When I cut one of these double 2x10 beams, I will place adjacent pieces to hold the recently cut pieces on both sides. As you can see in the next image. With a 30 inch gap to be able to fit in and out of the hole.
I've never see a single video of anyone attempting to do this. And since these 2x10 beams are holding up part of the 2nd story, I wasn't sure if this was possible or a good idea. I honestly figured with so many double beams stretching across the garage, Cutting a single one couldn't possibly have any effect on the overall structure, but I wanted to ask about it anyway.
Birdeye View. I don't know how the beams are laid out on the left side of the garage. I'm assuming they run along a different path than the beams I've seen on the right side of the garage. I'm pretty positive the run on the path i've shown. But at the end of the day, it's irrelevant to the question.