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    My name is John Hill and I am a newbie real estate investor (rental houses). My dad was a builder so know a little bit about house construction, but am looking forward to hearing from genuine experts.

    One rental (a colonial) has a beam replacing a first-floor wall. Over its 12 feet the beam is sagging about 2.5 inches in the middle. Are there any guidelines or standards by which to judge if this is OK?

    Figured I'd get my feet wet with a question. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john hill View Post
    beam replacing a first-floor wall. Over its 12 feet the beam is sagging about 2.5 inches in the middle.
    That's a pretty hefty sag you got there.

    Even a 0.5 inch of sag over 12 feet would raise a red flag.

    I would would definitely have a structural engineer look at it and design appropriate repairs.

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    I was afraid of something serious. But much appreciate your being straight and candid.


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