Beam Me Up

September 10th, 2009 § 1 comment

The living room floor has always been a little bouncy. The joists are 3 feet on centre and span 18 feet. Over the years the some of the bracing has been removed to make way for heating ducts and holes have been cut for plumbing and wiring. This summer, during a week of holidays I finally decided to do something about it.

The steel beam is 6″ wide, 6″ tall and 12’6″ long, supported on both end by jack posts.

Dad and I wrestled it into the basement and slowly raised it into place by stepping it up stepladders on each end. With a little help from Nicole we managed to get the jack posts under the beam and everything secured in place.


The living room floor is now nice and stiff. You can now walk across the living room without having the tv and all the lamps wobbling.

§ One Response to Beam Me Up

  • PlantingOaks says:

    You are going to put something there other than jack posts in the long term, right?

    Because those are, you know, jacks, not permanent structural members. Particularly in a (damp?) basement, the threads can rust out, or they can just shift and fail suddenly and spectacularly.

    Please tell be you are building some more permanent pillars.

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