Hanging very heavy timber beam

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Pallet-man, Jan 12, 2018 at 6:31 PM.

  1. Pallet-man

    Pallet-man Member

    I have had steels installed in my extension spanning 6m long. Have followed all structural engineers specs. And I have picked up a timber beam pretty cheap which I want to incorporate somewhere either directly below or besides it.

    Timber beam is 14" x 8" massive thing and is over 6m wide so has to be cut down. It is very heavy and wondering how I can hang it?

    I was thinking of building 2 pillars underneath each side of the beam and tie into existing walls. And sit the beam on to that.

    Someone has suggest to predrill a few holes in the steels and drill right through the beam (14") and get some kind of beams.. but I don't want to do this as this is bearing more weight onto the load which is already carrying a pitched roof, a new ridge beam and a rear dormer.
     
  2. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

  3. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    What are you trying to achieve?
     
  4. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Could you not lighten it,by hollowing it out.

    Done it in the past to encase a rsj.

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  5. PhilSo

    PhilSo Active Member


    What tool would you advise to hollow out such a large piece of timber?

    PhilSo?
     
  6. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Last one I did, I use a small electric Bosch chainsaw & a 4.5" grinder with wood grinding blade.
    Use to mark the guide bar both sides to give me a depth cutting guide.




     
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  7. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    Depends on what you can get in there. A large beam saw (makita 16" circular saw will cut 6inch as far as I can remember, can run it through the middle, if the beam is wide enough can get a router in there and take out the bulk, then chisel the rest, or be delicate with the humble chainsaw and take your time.
     
  8. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Makita 16" circular saw, not for the fainted hearted, scared the hell out of me using one at work.

     
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  9. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member


    Last time I used one was about three years ago, like you I nearly shat myself when I first started it up, but by God it made short work of a housefull of 9x2s and 4x4s, I went to buy one immediately, then saw the price tag. I've made do with normal circular saws ever since :)
     
  10. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Some years ago, there was a hire shop near me (long gone), & they had a Makita 16" circular saw for hire:), must be a HSE thing, as they are no longer available for hire.
     
  11. Isitreally

    Isitreally Active Member

    If its a nice big Oak beam, it would be sacrilege hollowing it out.
     
  12. chippie244

    chippie244 Well-Known Member

    In the USA and S Africa you can buy a worm drive trenching saw.
     
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  13. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    We don't actually know what timber it is, what he wants to do with it, where it's planned to go, how much he paid, how much he wants to pay and if the OP is ever coming back, we're now just reminiscing and talking tool porn.
     
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  14. PhilSo

    PhilSo Active Member

    Now that impressive.

    Agree about the lost timber.
     
  15. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Do wish worm drive saws were available here, many benefits.

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  16. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member


    The saws and paraphernalia they use over there are incredible. Adjustable swing tables to fit to beam saws to be able to gang cut the seat cuts on stacked rafters in one go, stacked dado cutters, the worm drives, and many more that I don't know the names of off the top of my head. Things that the HSE would have a coronary over in this country.
     
  17. chippie244

    chippie244 Well-Known Member

    They do allow you to injure your self in different ways but then you can buy an assault rifle in Waltmart and they elected Trump so their version of H&S is very different. :D:D
     
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  18. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Wonder why we don't have worm drive saws here,no more dangerous than a circular saw.
     
  19. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member


    Yeah I know, the only thing I can think of is the blades on the left hand side of the body so if your right handed as the majority are then theoretically your left hand is in danger of coming into contact with the blade if you are clumsy, or kickback occurs. Incredibly accurate freehand cutting with the blade on the other side though, bought a new circular saw about three months ago, blades on the left, completely changed the way I work.
     
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  20. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

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