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Can I weld my own beams for my home?

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Posted by: from Lindsay
3/2/2015 at 2:43:47 PM

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?

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time3/2/2015 at 9:44:07 PM

Hi Dan,

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.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time3/3/2015 at 6:17:59 AM

Hi Dan,

Your home is your house, you can do pretty much any thing you want but its always good to have a professional opinion to keep things safe.

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Date/Time3/8/2015 at 1:57:47 PM

Hi,

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).

Cheers!

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