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    Question Beam Question

    Hello. I need to build a structure to hold a 2000 lb centered load. It will be 11 ft high with a span of 24 feet. I am thinking two wooden columns and a wooden beam across. What size beams do I need to use? Thanks.

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    Last edited by Kelly Bramble; 03-17-2014 at 08:13 PM.

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    Thanks for these links, but I still need help sizing the wood beam. I am not familiar with the different sizes and types and their respective properties.

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    So, using a 4 x 10 with the load applied at a single point and parallel to the 9.75" length, here's what I got.

    beam-deflection.jpg

    Lots of deflection and stress (too much) I would change the span distance closer, stronger material or re-evaluate your requirements.

    Why wood?

    I used the following webpages:

    http://www.engineersedge.com/lumber.htm
    http://www.engineersedge.com/calcula...are_case_6.htm
    http://www.engineersedge.com/beam_be...flection_2.htm
    Last edited by Kelly Bramble; 03-20-2014 at 05:54 PM.

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