I am in a dialog with a contractor who wants to install a stud wall under the full length of a beam (5.5x13.5 GLB spanning 15'-8"). The stud wall lands over a girder in the crawl space below. His opinion is that nothing in the crawl space is affected because the GLB beam above the new stud wall is there doing what it would do if the stud wall was not there. My concern is that the new stud wall prevents the GLB from deflecting and therefore "short-circuits" the picking up of load as it would if the wall below was not there. My opinion is that the new studwall will be a bearing wall and therefore the girder below in the crawl space needs to be looked at. Any opinions?
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