14 years ago
I hope this is the right area to post this question, if not I am
sorry. I am looking to change the 100 year old wood beam in my
basement with a new beam. However there is very little room in the
basement to maneuver a new I beam in place. I also considered
building a beam out of 2x6 planks but I have been thinking there may
be something better. What I would really like is a beam that is made
from composite materials such as carbon fiber. Since the span is 20
feet and a jack post would be required at 10 feet if I use steel or
wood, I was looking for a two section beam, both 10 feet in length
with the jack post supporting both where they meet. If there are made
from composite materials then the beams would be less labour intensive
to put in place.
I was also wondering if it is possible to build a beam the doesn't
have the top on it. This probably doesn't work but if it does then I
can cut what ever inches are necessary into the girders and recess the
beam with the girders sitting on the bottom lip of the beam. This
would also give enough clearance to finish my basement as the only
object that I end up hitting my head is the beam and I wouldn't have
to dig out the basement more.
Do such building materials exist? I have been googling for some time
now but no luck.