|Forum topic by PaulLL||posted 11-09-2014 04:37 PM||1941 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-09-2014 04:37 PM
Hey Guys! I’ve had a crazy busy summer with a new job so haven’t been able to get on here, now that snow has fallen (why do I live here?) I decided I’d start a home reno! On our main floor we have an alley kitchen with a solid wall separating it from a hallway that leads from front door, past kitchen to dining area and living room. I guess i could have just taken a picture, but I think you get the idea!
SO… I started removing that wall, to open up the kitchen. I was expecting a couple of support posts to extend up, I can see in the finished ceiling where the joists are, one at each end of the kitchen. The problem I found was that a heating duct goes up, they’ve stopped the joist about 12” before and then started again on the other side. I’d like to extend the joist right to the ducts frame so that I can just make one post at the end of the counter. This also affects whether we put a overtherange microwave over the stove or a hanging ceiling vent.
I believe I can extend the joist, then use steel plates to bolt over the joint on secure it without compromising the integrity of the joist. It does extend to support the top of our stairs, but there is a posts on each side of the stairs so that shouldn’t be an issue. I attached a pic with some line drawings so you can get an idea of what I’m looking at, does anyone have any professional opinions on this, my wife wants a structural engineer, but I’m saying we don’t need to spend the money, I build steel buildings, this seems pretty easy!
Thanks in advance guys!