1. What does LVL beam stand for?
LVL stands for Laminated Veneer Lumber.
2.How long are the shortest and longest LVL beams in the market?
The market offers LVL beams as short as 8 feet and as long as 60 feet. However, contractors cut these beams to fit specific projects.
3. How are multiple LVL beams fastened together?
LVL beams are fastened together using structural bolts, which come in various sizes and types.
4. How do you fasten multiple LVL beams together??
You can join LVL beams using structural bolts of various sizes and types.
A minimum depth of 7 1/4 inches and can go up to 9 1/2 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches
5. What defines a drop beam?
A drop beam is a beam that is fully exposed from the ceiling. It is a cost-effective option compared to a flush beam due to lower labor and material costs.
6. Can you describe a flush beam?
You place a flush beam in a pocket between ceiling joists by cutting them, ensuring that nothing shows from the ceiling once you complete the job.
7.Do homeowners need a permit to take out a load-bearing wall?
City law mandates that homeowners get a permit before removing any load-bearing wall, be it inside or outside.
8. How many inspections should homeowners pass when removing a load-bearing wall?
Typically, one inspection is required as long as there is no basement concrete footing involved. However, there may be some exemptions, and homeowners can contact the city inspector for more information.
9. How long does the city take to issue a permit?
The city typically issues a permit within 3-4 weeks.
10. Does the city charge homeowners for issuing the permit?
Yes, homeowners need to pay a review fee to the city, which varies by municipality.
11. How can homeowners decide between installing a Steel beam and an LVL beam?
The choice between a Steel beam or an LVL beam is determined by a structural engineer based on factors such as wall span and load calculations.
12. Can you safely remove a load-bearing wall without setting up a support wall?
No, You should never remove a load-bearing wall unless you’ve set up supporting walls on both sides to carry the load from the ceiling joists above. Safety comes first.