Can I weld my own beams for my own home? I was a certified CWB welder for many years. Or do I have to hire someone?
I have done a few additions where steel beams that had to be welded after installation. In all cases they where inspected by a town building inspector who never asked who welded them. I think all they cared about was that the proper size was installed, perhaps go to the Lindsay building dept and ask I assume they will allow you gives your past experience.
That last guy needs to stay off this site as he is not a professional and is offering an opinion that could result in major damage or injury!
By code and law!! you are replacing a structural member! You have to have the beam engineered! You can use micro lams or steel then it must be passed by a your local inspection authority!! Do you want your house to fall down?? You can weld it yourself but it must have a engineered stamp on it. Here in Alberta it costs 4500-$1,000 to have a engineering firm approve a structural application. It is cheaper for you to buy a proper item...(microlams are the cheapest but are typically 2x12).
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