# Question: Is A 4×6 Stronger Than A 2×8?

## How far can you span a 2×6 header?

Figure B: Example of Calculating Header SizeHeader SizeMaximum SpanNumber of TrimmersDouble 2×64 ft., 0 in.OneDouble 2×85 ft., 0 in.TwoDouble 2×106 ft., 2 in.TwoDouble 2×127 ft., 1 in.Two.

## Is a 4×6 stronger than 2 2×6?

A 4×6 joist is theoretically stronger than a doubled 2×6 joist because it’s 1/2″ thicker, but the actual strength depends upon the knots and other inherent weaknesses of any particular piece of lumber (#2 lumber can have some nasty spike knots or large not-so-tight round knots or wane).

## Which is stronger 6×6 or 3 2×6?

Beam bending strength is proportional to the width of the beam, but to the cube of the height. Fanman, it may be counter-intuitive, but engineering tables indicate that a three-layer 2×6 will bend less (have greater strength) than a one piece 6×6 timber, even with the lesser actual width of the surfaced 2x material. .

## Can I use a 4×6 as a beam?

Any timber size can be used as a beam. However you need to be an Engineer or other qualified building practitioner to determine appropriate spans/loadings for whatever you are constructing. … Yes, as long as the span is not too long and load is not too much for it to support.

## How far can a 2×8 span without support?

How far can a 2×8 span without support? In general terms, joists spaced 16 inches on center can span 1.5 times in feet their depth in inches. A 2×8 up to 12 feet; 2×10 to 15 feet and 2×12 to 18 feet. The larger the deck, the larger the joists.

## How far can a 2×6 span for a floor joist?

Max. Live Load 30 lbs/ft2 (1436 N/m2)Maximum Span (ft – in)Nominal Size (inches)Joist Spacing Center to Center (inches)Lumber Grade2 x 61212′ – 0″1610′ – 11″249′ – 7″10 more rows

## How far can a 2×6 span without support?

How far can a 2×6 Rafter span without support? The table states that 2 X 6 rafters spaced 16 inches on center (o.c) can span a maximum distance of 13 feet 5 inches.

## Are two 2×6 stronger than a 2×8?

In bending, a joist composed of two 2×6’s (true dimension 1.5 inches x 5.5 inches) are slightly stronger than a single 2×8 true dimensions 1.5 inches by 7.25 inches.

## How far can a 4×8 beam span without support?

How far can a beam span without support? When supporting joists that span 12 feet with no overhang beyond the beam, a double ply beam can span in feet a value equal to its depth in inches.

## What size beam is needed to span 22 feet?

Use one 22′ long W8x48 steel beam down the center of your 22’x28′ rectangle. This steel beam is 8.5″ deep, plus a 1.5″ deep wood nailer plate, plus 0.75″ floor sheathing, means that the floor is 10.75″ at the deepest point. Then use 2×10 joists spaced at 16″ on center spanning 14′ on each side of the steel beam.

## How far can a 2×6 span on a deck?

24 inchesDecking made of 2x4s or 2x6s can span up to 24 inches. If you will run decking at an angle, you might need to put the joists closer together.

## How far can you span a 4×6?

A Redwood 4×6 beam should span no more than 6′ between supporting posts.

## How much load can a 4×6 support?

2 and better (no loose or missing knotholes), then a 4×6 spanning 18′ will support about 105 lbs. loaded at the mid-span (slightly higher if it’s loaded at third points or further from the center point). Better idea instead of the 4×6 use 2 2×8 boards bolted of nailed together.

## Should I use 4×4 or 6×6 deck posts?

A short 4×4 can carry an awfully big load, and many deck builders use 6×6 posts as a standard, regardless of the height or load of the deck. … When an undersized post is compressed along its axis by the weight of the deck above, the post can bend or bow, although complete failure is rare.

## Can a 2×6 span 14 feet?

How Far Can a 2×6 Rafter Span? A 2×6 rafter can span 14 feet 8 inches when spaced 16 inches apart with No. 1-grade southern pine lumber on a roof with a 3/12 slope or less with a maximum live load of 20 pounds per square foot and a dead load of 15 psf.