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ma2804
Re: Weight Limitations for 2nd Floor Rooms

First of all, the room's only 10x13. That's not a great distance for the joists to span. Secondly, you probably have cabinet bases on one wall at least, reducing the usable space in the room. What can you possibly put in there (other than people) that would cause you to worry about the strength of the floor?

Lastly, it may be time to move if this is to be a recurring issue, like frequent parties and everyone congregates in that room.

The use of the engineer would be the landlord's call. You might be able to convince him to let you pay for the engineering study but what if it needs reinforcing? Who pays for that?

Good Luck,

Mike

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Weight Limitations for 2nd Floor Rooms
ma2804 wrote:

What can you possibly put in there (other than people) that would cause you to worry about the strength of the floor?

Mike

Mike that's exactly what the OP asked about "I'm paranoid about too many people "hanging out in the kitchen" during the holidays" Perhaps the OP is a big party thrower.
Jack

canuk
Re: Weight Limitations for 2nd Floor Rooms
ma2804 wrote:

First of all, the room's only 10x13. That's not a great distance for the joists to span. Secondly, you probably have cabinet bases on one wall at least, reducing the usable space in the room. What can you possibly put in there (other than people) that would cause you to worry about the strength of the floor?

You do have to remember this is a converted second floor of an old Victorian house. Unless the structure was reworked .... which may not be the case .... then there is more load on those floor joists than orginally intended. Keep in mind those cabinets , fridge , stove , dishes , pots and pans , people , etc. add more live load than a bedroom ...... which was probably the original layout of this space.

The previous comments about the floor joists being compromised from notching , hacked , etc. is a real concern in the old homes.

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Lastly, it may be time to move if this is to be a recurring issue, like frequent parties and everyone congregates in that room.

Sure ... you may be correct.

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The use of the engineer would be the landlord's call. You might be able to convince him to let you pay for the engineering study but what if it needs reinforcing? Who pays for that?

Couldn't agree with you more in the case of a renter.
Chances are the landlord might say take it or leave it.

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