You can open up your closed rooms by replacing the wall with a load-bearing beam. You can also make an open kitchen/dining area, a huge living room or a master bedroom by using the standard material and framing techniques.
Steps for Beam Installation
● Remove the Drywall
You are required to remove the baseboards of both the sides and also the electrical cover plates. Then, all you need to do is remove the drywall from both sides of the wall. Before doing this, it is suggested that you turn off the circuit from the main electrical panel.
Before taking the drywall off, check whether the drywall is a load-bearing wall or not? In most cases, the electrical switches and boxes are either rerouted or moved easily. But if there are any plumbing pipes or heat ducts inside these drywalls. In that case, it may cause trouble, so, therefore, contact the Load Bearing Wall Removal Melbourne professional to get this job done without causing any problem.
● Cut a Slot in the Ceiling
Mark the distance of about 12 inches out from the drywall and cut a slit. You are advised to strip the 1-foot ceiling of one side of the drywall.
● Remove Cables from the Stud Wall
- Before finalising the design of the beam:
- Examine the frame of the ceiling.
- Turn off the main power of the place, remove all the electrical cables, switches, and outputs, and pull out the wires from the fixed studs.
- Be cautious and preventive by covering the ends of these exposed wires.
● Build a Temporary Wall
Before you begin building a temporary wall, it is advisable to start by pinning the single top 2×4 plate under the floor joists and the other one exactly below it on the floor.
● A full scope of the work
People often get surprised by how early and quickly the beam installation part takes place and how challenging and extensive the rest of the part is. The rest consists of drywall patching, repainting the entire room, respraying the textured ceilings, and replacing the broken wood trims. Usually, electrical outlets require repositioning the switches, which requires rerouting or rewiring of the entire electrical cables. Make sure that while installing the beam, you also calculate all the other expenses that will be taking place. The cost incurred for those materials might be inexpensive, but it is always better to be on the safer side if you include the cost in your budget.
● Take out the old studs
By using the sledgehammer, take out all the old bearing wall studs. Also, to protect your feet, bend over all the leftover nail shanks into the bottom plate.
● Cut Off Nails Sticking Out of the Framing
Cut the plates in the continuation and meddle them free. Also, remove all the leftover nail shanks with the help of the reciprocating saw.
● Remove the Backer Stud
Also, cut or remove all the nails that are holding the backer studs and meddle them out. It is better if you cut the backer stud in half before removing it.
● Install the Beam Cradle
Bring together the two-beam cradles from pairs of 2x4s and fix them with screws with the tie plate and floor by using 3-inch screws.
● Set the Beam in Place
Cut the being as per the length needed and if it is required, also cut the notches to clear the tie plates into the connecting walls. After that, you can slip the beam members into the desired place and rest them on the temporary cradles.
● Shim the Beam
Drive the blocks between the support studs and also at the bottom of your beam until the beam turns tight against the lower side of the tie plate.
● Install Trimmers Under the Beam Ends
Cut two tight-fitted trimmers for each end of your beam. Place them underneath the beam and fix them into the place. Fix each trimmer with at least six 16d nails.
● Install the Blocking Under the Beam Ends
All you need to do is cut blocks to adjust them between the floor joists directly under the trimmers at the end of the beams. After this, either end-nail or toenail the blocks to the surrounding frame.
● Nail the Beam and Tie Plate Together
Toenail you beam with the tie plate and the ends of the framing with the help of 16d nails. Then nail all the beam members together by using three 16d nails that have a space of 12 inches in between. Also, as an alternative, you can hide the load-bearing beam in the ceiling.
● Install the Beam
At one time, you can install the beam on LVL. Fix your first LVL to the joists and then nail the second one to the first one and so on. For added strength, spread the heavy-duty adhesive properly between the beams.
● Hang the Joists from the Beam
Fix the joists hangers and meta straps if suggested by the professional to the beam and each joist. Then fix the 2×4 trimmers inside your walls at both ends of the beam.
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