How do I calculate floor beam size?

The formula for the section modulus is beam width times beam depth squared divided by 6. A two 2-by-6 standard beam has actual dimensions of 1.5-by-5.5 inches which would give a section modulus of 1.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 / 6 = 7.6 which is not enough for this example.

Similarly, what size lumber can span 20 feet?

Max. Live Load 60 lbs/ft2 (2873 N/m2)

Maximum Span (ft – in)
Nominal Size (inches) Joist Spacing Center to Center (inches) Lumber Grade
2 x 12 24 13′ – 2″
2 x 14 12 20′ – 10″
16 18′ – 0″

Also Know, how far can you span a 4×6 beam? Obviously, the larger the beam, the greater the distance it can span between posts. A Redwood 4×6 beam should span no more than 6′ between supporting posts.

Likewise, people ask, how far can a beam span without support?

When supporting joists that span 12 feet with no overhang beyond the beam, a double ply beam can span in feet a value equal to its depth in inches. A double 2×12 beam can span 12 feet; a (2) 2×10 can span 10 feet and so on.

How do you size a load bearing beam?

The formula for the section modulus is beam width times beam depth squared divided by 6. A two 2-by-6 standard beam has actual dimensions of 1.5-by-5.5 inches which would give a section modulus of 1.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 / 6 = 7.6 which is not enough for this example. A 2-by-8 beam would be sufficient.

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