All Together Now…

All Together Now…

Do you like beams??

The beauty of taking a day off is that I get to post about what I did yesterday!

I may have mentioned a temporary “wall” that we needed to build under the porch, so we could remove the existing (inadequate) supports, and replace them with something more robust.

The wall is what I put up yesterday. The story in pictures:

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The bottom beam is one of two 21-foot 6×6’s that Bruce Tweedie had lying around the lumberyard, thought I might find useful, and offered me at a discount. The porch is 25 feet. I figured one of these would work as the foundation plate (for just a few weeks at most) of our “wall.” On top of it is the top beam under construction. It will comprise three lapped layers of rough-sawn 2×6.

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Another view of the beam under construction.

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The finished beam resting on the sill timber.

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Working alone, I would have to lift this beam 50 inches, hold it in place, and put studs under it. At a rough guess, it weighs almost 300 lbs. So I mounted a bracket at each end.

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The bracket at the other end had two supports, so the beam would never be at too oblique an angle, and so I could lift it in stages.

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Lifted to the first stage.

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Lifted on the other end to the second stage.

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Ready for the final lift.

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Both ends in their top positions.

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Now to jack it up to the porch floor joists.

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The first stud in place.

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Jacking the other end.

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The second stud in place.

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Both studs shown. I left the brackets in place so that in case something failed, it wouldn’t have so far to fall (hopefully). You can see a bit of deflection at the center of the span.

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Jacking the center to make it straight.

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Two intermediate studs, and the angled braces at each end to reach from the 21-foot sill to the ends of the 25-foot beam (and to limit longitudinal flexion).

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Panorama of the finished wall, including a central stud and more angled braces.

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I put a single angled brace transversely to guard against the sill timber kicking out (since it’s not really anchored on anything except the bare ground, with gravity and friction).

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The view this morning after taking out two of the existing 4×4 posts.


Today’s Eye-Candy

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