Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas

Anyone have any idea...

...what the maximum clear span of a W12x14 steel beam is, for standard residential loadings IRC2000 [I think it's 45 PSF & 10 PSF dead load].  The "tributary area," on either side, as best I can figure, is 12'.  [It's a 36' barn, and there are two girders across--I want to make the one above the open area steel, to (a) use one of those leftover steel beams from the house and (b) avoid a column in the open area, or move it as far over as possible, to give maximum equipment-driving-in, etc., space...

I found various programs that seemed like they might give me the answer if I set up the problem correctly, but couldn't puzzle my way through it.

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