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Question DetailsAsked on 4/11/2013

how much to install load bearing beam

The beam for the kitchen is listed an a LVL (laminated veneer lumber). That is a beam made out of thick plywood, basically. I have had structural engineer do an inspection.

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You don't say what this beam is supposed to do - do you have a roof support problem over the kitchen, is it to support a sagging floor or added floor load, are you doing a mostly do-it-yourself job except for the big items, or what ?

If overhead you could be talking several days work for a 2-3 man crew, with possible wall or roof opening to get the beam in, and then a lot of repair and painting to the openings that had to be made.

If it is a floor support beam and you have open access from below, then maybe 1/2-1 day installation time - though most contractors would not take a job like this for less than a full days pay. It depends a great deal temporarily taken out to get it in - that could easily double the cost of the job.

If this is a do-it-yourself job on new construction, then installing an LVL beam is no tougher than putting in any other type of joist. LVL's are actually lighter than the same depth and length solid wood member, and can be lifted into place just like any other joist - by a couple of people, or with the help of an A-frame and block and tackle by yourself with care.

The beam price you can get from your lumberyard - probably a couple hundred dollars unless quite long. A carpentry crew can run from $400/day at the low end in real cheap labor areas, to $2000 a day in a big city, plus you may have a couple hundred dollars in permits that you should have them get for you on your behalf if you do not already hae a building permit.

If a structural engineer did an inspection, he should also have provided a written plan for installation including any new piers or supports needed for the beam, and specification of the beam size and load capacity.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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