Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Very Big Beam, Installed

Contrary to my predictions in the Big Beam post, it only took some mechanical advantage and a lot of stringy muscle for Joel to winch and lever this massive framing member into its new home above an oversized 2x8 shearwall. 
 The manual chain hoist used to lift the beam

 Xavier, ensuring the beam will be snug to the outside wall with this 2x8

A hydraulic jack preloaded the floor for the door opening cripples.
 Door opening going in
The beam is point-loaded with 5-ply 2x8 posts at either end, which continue through the house to the foundation.  (see the bolts through the post on the near side)

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