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Lower Split Landing - Rough Framing
 

Here's a good picture of the lower stair landing. If you notice the building plans called out for a structural beam, even though it doesn't make much sense to me. I've been building stairs for quite some time and the engineer could have installed two 2 x 6's, even though that would have been overkill also, but what do I know.

Most stair landings that I have built in the past have been built entirely from 2 x 6 without any type of structural beam, especially on a landing this size.

Here's a special note to any architect or engineer. Using different sized floor joists and beams, can create a wide variety of problems. I truly believe that things like these are simply put in to justify someone's job and actually don't serve any purpose at all.

I'm not blaming the engineer, because the City Building Department could have requested it. I don't even want to get started on that one, like I said, maybe there's something I haven't learned yet.

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