How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam

Replace a load-bearing wall with a microlam beam to create a bigger room.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Cat's paw
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Dust mask
  • Jigsaw
  • Voltage tester
  • Pry bar
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer
  • Sledgehammer
  • Speed square

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2 x 4s for walls and header material
  • Engineered beams (LVL or Gluelam)
  • 8d framing nails
  • 16d framing nails
  • Construction adhesive
  • Joist hangers
  • Joist hanger nails