Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by heavy1, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. heavy1

    heavy1 New Member

    I'm building a 20 by 20 foot barn using the socket system. My questin is, will a 20 foot 8x12 pine beam be strong enough to act as center beam carrying second floor without post under the middle
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  3. Charlie Far!ey

    Charlie Far!ey New Member

    Yes but you have to modify it and so over engineer it but its better to be better than worse. Pine deflects naturally so you have to beef it up come what may.

    Your question
    "I'm building a 20 by 20 foot barn using the socket system. My questin is, will a 20 foot 8x12 pine beam"

    You need a steel strip 8" wide screwed at 4" intervals at center, staggered across the beams along the length of the beams on the tension side .... The lower (ceiling) side of the beams so in the end both beams are joined by a single strip of steel which can be clad afterward and this will prevent excess deflection and multiply the strength by 3.7%/foot. The steel is 1/4 (10mm) so as cheap as chips its just the drilling thats gonna take time but keep em tight else the beam will overload on areas that are excessively spaced

    You could reduce the width by 0.5" each side so as to fix battens hence reduce the steel width to 7" and be able to fix battens to fix cladding to cover the steel if you wanted to.

    Have a nice day bye
  4. murrmac

    murrmac Member

    > ...The steel is 1/4" (10mm) ...

    make your mind up ...
  5. ­

    ­ New Member

    Hahaahaaa! In Fartley's little world 1/4" IS 10mm :^O:^O:^O:^O

    What a fool he is :^O
  6. Hitch.

    Hitch. New Member

    Buy the plates from a fab shop, theyll band holes in it wherever you want for about £1/hole

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