Big NO NO in the load bearing beam install world

Here is a video clip I shot on a job we were called out to where the “Two Bucks in a truck” contractor has been fired. The clip shows how NOT to install a load bearing beam. This install robs the LVL engineered beam of all of its designed strength. By putting a roof cut on the beam the contractor has significantly reduced the structural integrity of the material. In this case we would typically install a wide flange steel I-beam. It would be able to fit, without being cut and still bear the weight of the load above.

 

 

Garland tornado relief

As a framing contractor, when the tornados hit Rowlett and Garland 12/26 we felt compelled to head over and help.
Since the the tornado hit we have, as of today, 1/7, had volunteer boots on the ground every day over in the tornado zone. It has been AWESOME to pour ourselves into a hurting community. The people over there are soooo strong, but the task of trying to figure out which way is up after everything they own has been put into a blender is a tall order. We have tarped and done temporary reframing work on about 45 homes over there in the last 10 days. Wall removal has been on hold as we have made our rounds over there. Our generators are ready for a break! Check out the story of the un-insured man my brothers and I are going to try to help get back on his feet.

https://www.gofundme.com/fixjimmyshouse

Below is a pic of the tag currently on Jimmy’s front door…Dangerous, Uninhabitable…sounds bad….not a problem for the Load Bearing Wall Pros!!!!

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Material needed to eliminate a load bearing wall

One of the most important elements to load bearing wall removal is putting something back in the place of the wall being removed that is capable of soundly bearing the new load over the desired span. This is where a professional is going to earn his pay. Misdiagnosing the weight load on the wall that is going to be eliminate, could prove to be catastrophic to the structure of your home. Load Bearing Wall Pros exclusively uses Anthony Forest Products for our gluelam, I-joist, microlam and LVL needs

What we do.

In the modern era, no one likes the closed off floor plan anymore. People want to open up floorplans to give themselves more space in one common area. Demolition of loadbearing walls is what we specialize in. This allows the space to be contiguous and waaaay more usable. The days of the isolated galley kitchen separated from the family room by wall or a wall with a whole/pass through in it are behind us. Think about what do realtors write on descriptions of houses they are trying to market…… Do you ever hear them say closed off and compartmentalized or do you hear them say open, spacious, ready for entertaining. Do you have a wall or oddly placed column that affects the flow of traffic and your home? Call us out to demolish that wall, remove that wall and make it go away. Typically our projects are a one-day turnaround time so you have nothing to lose. No wall is too load bearing for us. We have tons of satisfied customers all over the DFW metroplex.

Open up that floor plan and let the fun begin.

 

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All of these walls are making this place feel small…..get them outta here

 

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Ahhhh…..that is way better. May not actually be bigger, but feels much bigger.

 

Material needed to take out a load bearing wall safely.

Almost any load bearing wall can be safely removed. The key is to use appropriately sized material to redirect the load previously supported by the wall that is going away. This is where a professional is going to earn his/her money. There are a variety of options (LVL or Microlam, Gluelam or power beam, girder truss) that can be used to correctly handle this part of the project. Engineers and structural framing professionals have tools that allow them to input the specifics of each situation into an engineering program, correctly calculate the load and then recommend the correct product to cross the new span.

 

Load Bearing Wall Pros use Anthony Forest Products for these products for wall removal in the DFW metroplex. Click the image below to see what products the pros are using.

 

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Best Home Improvement Display

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Load Bearing Wall Pros won the “Best in Show Award” at the Collin County Home and Garden Show. Pretty cool deal. Our booth featured LVL microlam beams made by Anthony Forest Products. We were able to demonstrate how load bearing wall removal is done in the DFW metroplex to all of the show visitors.

Joist Hanger used by Load Bearing Wall Pros

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Above is a Simpson Strong Tie THA218-2. Pretty exciting, huh?!?!? We use this joist hanger to connect the ceiling joists to our LVL, gluelam, paralam or Microlam beam in the attic over the wall that is to be removed. These allow the ceiling joist to hang off of the structural beam that is spanning the area where the load bearing wall is to be removed. This is the product that makes an appearance on almost all of our DFW wall removal jobs. See…..I knew you would like the THA218!