Wooden beam supported by steel


Postby olly22 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:00 am

Hi,

Hopefully someone will be able to help.

I am currently renovating a 18C cottage. Currently the bathroom is on the ground floor and I intend to move it upstairs. The plan is then to knock down the joining wall to open the kitchen up. However, there is currently a cold steel joist supporting a timber beam spanning the length of the proposed kitchen.

It is my understanding that the previous owner had a heavy single brick wall upstairs. When the owner moved the bathroom downstairs they put this steel joist in to support the heavy walls above as a wall was removed below. Since then the heavy walls upstairs have been replaced with stud walls thus lightening the load below.

My question....Is it likely that this steel joist can now be removed as it is no longer supporting the heavy wall above?


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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:23 pm

olly22,
"Is it likely that this steel joist can now be removed" VERY UNLIKELY.
You need the services of a structural engineer for advice on this.
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Postby olly22 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:07 pm

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Postby olly22 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:08 pm

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Postby olly22 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:46 pm

I was planning to get in touch with a SE. Does anyone have any idea what sort of cost is involved in getting a SE to look at it and the extent of work that is involved? I realise that if it turns out to be supporting i will need building regs.
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:45 pm

olly22,
Pictures don't really help - SE will need to do a site visit so expect at least £500.
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