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Old 07-12-2011, 03:39 AM   #11
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Don't chance it have a structural engineer or inspector come out and they should be able to tell you how weight it can take. Then for peace of mind cut that loading in half and have some tele-posts installed carrying all. The way to the concrete slab or foundation. Im helping a buddy get set up for a 375gal on the main floor as well as a 180gal that will only load as is set up one floor joist but that will change
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:54 AM   #12
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The only thing I would worry about with a house that old is possible insect damage that has gone unnoticed. I wouldn't worry so much about how it was built, since back then they had better lumber and normally built stronger than needed.

Do you live in an area prone to termites, carpenter ants(Camponotus pennsylvanicus...You think we have them in PA? ) or powder post beetles? If you have ever had any of those in the past, I would just take a good look around and make sure there are no signs of damage.
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I would disagree with an old house necessarily being better built. Construction methods that were use back then wouldn't be allowed today. So, it would depend on the house itself. Just because the floor joists are larger dimensionally, doesn't mean they are well attached or in my old house even sitting on a sill plate or atop the studs from the first floor.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:53 PM   #14
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I personally would suggest consulting either an engineer or someone with good carpentery skills.

The space distribution will work within limits.

I recently took out a flooring system in a bedroom that the homeowner had a king sized water bed in. It actually broke several of the floor joist. This is also a 100+ year old farm house. So older is not always better.

I understand the weight different is going to be tremendous compaired to this, but you should look into possibly reinforcing the floor, just in case.
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