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Old 2011-04-03, 09:26 AM
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We went to see our new home yesterday and noticed that the support beam going across the main level between our kitchen and family room does not go all the way to the wall - there is a gap of about 1/2 a foot. Wondering if this is normal. You can see it on the picture - where the new framing starts the beam stops.
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Old 2011-04-03, 01:20 PM
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You need another picture about 90 degrees to that to show what the I-beam is resting on. Presumably there would be either a steel post or a trippled up 2x6.
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So I know this isn't the greatest picture so when I go back this week I'll take better ones but you can so from afar what the beam rests on - what the doors are resting on. Hope this helps - a little bit
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Old 2011-04-03, 01:49 PM
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Here's the pic
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I'm guessing there is a steel post hidden behind that vertical 2"x8". It is not code to support steel beams with wood. Therefore, even if the beam made it to the wall, there would have to be a steel post embedded in the wall.

Next, that steel post has to bear on a concrete foundation wall, or a steel beam below and continue down to a concrete pad footing.
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Thanks I'll have to check better the next time we are there.
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You should be more concerned about the child wandering around a construction site. Who's to blame if he puts a nail through his foot or falls into the basement? You are!
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