That means the joists can support a minimum of 40 pounds per square foot live load. Though, by consulting the 50 pounds per square foot live load/10 pounds per square foot dead load table, you can see the joists' span would need to be reduced to 11 feet 11 inches to support heavier weight safely.
Douglas fir 2-by-10 joists graded as "Structural Select" allows joist spans up to 21 feet for a live load of 30 pounds per square foot when spaced 12 inches apart, 19 feet 1 inch for 16 inch spacing and 16 feet 8 inches for 24 inch spacing.
Max. Live Load 60 lbs/ft2 (2873 N/m2)Maximum Span (ft - in)Nominal Size (inches)Joist Spacing Center to Center (inches)Lumber Grade2 x 101216' - 8"1615' - 2"2413' - 3"
A 2×10 beam is meant to hold up to 40 psf of live load and 10 psf of dead load, just like a joist. An SYP 2×10 single-ply beam can hold 144 pounds per lineal foot (plf). A double-ply beam of the same species can hold 288 plf and a triple-ply can hold 488 plf.
1,200 lbs.Each 2x10 will support 1,200 lbs.
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