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Exterior Two-Story Load Bearing Wall Basics – Structural Engineering and Home Building Part Three

http://www.homebuildingandrepairs.com/engineering/index.html Click on this link, if you’re looking for more information on home building, foundations and engineering. This is the third video in our series for trying to explain how loadbearing and non-bearing walls operate and what is needed for them to hold the weight of the building up. This video will provide you with more information on exterior two-story loadbearing walls and the basics of their design. For more information, make sure you watch the other videos and don’t forget if you have any questions to leave them in the comment area or if you have a problem understanding any of the information in these videos.

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  1. The 2nd floor window has a header over it to bear the roof and ceiling load. The jack studs supporting the header convert the load over the window into two point loads pressing down on the top of the first floor. So in your 2-story structure where there is a wide door on the first floor and a window above it on the second floor, to determine the header over the door, do you consider the load above as partly uniform with two point loads? Or do you assume that the 2nd floor platform has diffused the load enough that it can be treated as a uniform load pressing down on the top of the 1st floor wall?

  2. So many people on these videos are asking for complicated structural analysis. If only they knew how many more details are needed to analyze a structure than what they are providing, they probably wouldn't ask.

  3. How do you secure the frame to the floor? I'm building a small two story apartment in my warehouse.

  4. was the slab poured at the same time as the interior footing?
    if not, are the two tied together?

  5. if you can help me ,please tell me the analysis of load transfer from slab to bottom of the load bearing masonry wall

  6. great video, please tell me slab or concrete floor thickness?

  7. That's a good point and thanks for taking the time to share it with us.