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Low joists - Increasing head-room

Discussion in 'Building' started by richardhowell, 14 Oct 2018.

  1. richardhowell

    richardhowell

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    My landing has a couple of beams/joists which are a particular headache (literally!) for tall people. I would like to solve this by removing a section as shown in the photos. Would this cause significant structural problems to the house? The beam, as you can see is not load-bearing.

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    It looks like a collar to me, so it is acting in tension to stop the roof spreading.

    I expect you can chop off a bit without it going bang in the night!
     
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    Thanks. The beam is 4x2. Could I shave two inches off do you think? Also I was thinking of bracing the weakened area by bolting on a metal strip. Would this be necessary?
     
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    You might be able to get away with moving the whole collar four inches up ...
     
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    Yeah, I thought of that, but that's a lot messier, and I'd need to get a builder in to do it.
     
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    Moving it up is better. Cutting it will be a bodge.

    It will take all of 10 minutes to chop out a bit of plaster, trim the timber slightly shorter, and nail it back into place.
     
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