Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

The crew built temporary support walls on both sides of the existing beam and then cut it free of the joists.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

The crew hauled the 460-pound beam inside through a convenient window and set it on sawhorses beneath its eventual location in the ceiling.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

The crew used powder-actuated pins to fasten the 2x8 framing lumber to one side of the web.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

They then nailed the LVL to the 2x8.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

They flipped the beam over, and used the holes in the web to drill through both pieces of lumber.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

They repeated the process on the other side, then flipped the beam over again and drilled the bolt holes back through the full assembly.

Replacing a Wood Beam with Steel (Images 1-7)

To prevent possible conflicts between bolt and joist layouts, they drilled recesses for the nuts and washers using a 2-inch spade bit, then installed the bolts.

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