Ask the Builder: New trusses let you dispense with interior bearing walls

By Tim Carter

Q: Tim, is it possible to build a multi-story home with no, or few, interior bearing walls or beams? I’ve looked at lumber span tables and regular lumber doesn’t seem to be able to do what I want to be done. What are my options, and have you ever solved this problem before? –Stewart F., Portland, Maine

A: You can build a multi-story home with no bearing walls. It’s been done for decades. Amazingly, it’s done using regular 2-by-4s to solve the problem! No, that’s not a typo!

Let’s first discuss the span tables that Stewart mentioned. A span table is a [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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