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Old 07-21-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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how much weight can my floor take???

i was wondering how much weight my floor can take?
my house is a 3 story, semi-detached and built in the 1940's.
i just wanted to know for future reference in-case i feel like getting a larger tank which id like to put on the second floor.

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Old 07-21-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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I have a 90 gallon that I'm going to put on the second floor, haven't put in water so I don't know, however my house is only 11 years old. But I did ask the same question to staff at a lfs and they said that one of him had a 75 gallon tank on their second floor, and its ok as long as its not a really old house. Dnt rlly kno much bout that. Hope this helps a little
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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I have a 90 gallon that I'm going to put on the second floor, haven't put in water so I don't know, however my house is only 11 years old. But I did ask the same question to staff at a lfs and they said that one of him had a 75 gallon tank on their second floor, and its ok as long as its not a really old house. Dnt rlly kno much bout that. Hope this helps a little
lol seeing how ur house is only 11 years old and mine is 71 years old :P
i doubt it's similar but thanks ill still take other opinions(no offence) :P
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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Really without knowing what's holding up the floor that's a tough question, what size floor joists are there, what is the spacing between them, and what is the subflooring made of? I will say they built houses alot better back then but without knowing the answer to those questions I'm only guessing.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:36 AM   #5
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Really without knowing what's holding up the floor that's a tough question, what size floor joists are there, what is the spacing between them, and what is the subflooring made of? I will say they built houses alot better back then but without knowing the answer to those questions I'm only guessing.
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Underneath the room is a garage and where those two pillars are that's a solid wall where my garage and kitchen meet

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:43 AM   #6
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The good point is that the floor joists are running the right way to be able to work it and it is close to a load baring wall.

How big of a tank are you talking about putting there? If you are talking 200+ gallons it may be worth your time to get an engineer to take a look at the house. I say this because it is an older house and over time nails can rust out or other problems can develop.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:54 AM   #7
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Noooo I'm not that extreme and plus the space where I want to put is only around 179cm :P
I had the juwel rio 300 in mind
Any feed back?
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With a 90g tank in that placement I would not worry, just try place it across as many support joist as possible.
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I tend to agree, I wouldn't foresee any problems with a 90g or so tank because the floor joists should be 2x6 and should be enough to hold that weight.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:12 AM   #10
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Okay
Lol sorry I was just wanted to make sure that I can have a tank that large :P
Seeing as current tank is around a 50L lool I thought it would have needed some re-enforcement lol

Wat would you lot say about the rio 300?
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