Taking out a portion of a bearing wall...
I have a 1950's brick ranch, the kind where there is a main bearing wall that runs the full length of the house from end to end, splitting the house in half lengthwise. I want to take out, at one end, a 10 ft section of this bearing wall. To support the 10 ft section being taken out, I was hoping I could put a 2x10 on either side of the exhisting 2-2x4 beams there now, instead of the traditional way of nailing them together to put them underneith the 2-2x4's. At each end, under the 2x10's I would put 2x6's down to the floor. Is this structurely sound, or a no go ? My local hardware store said it was a no go, that I should use 2 LVL's at combinded cost of $88, along with putting 2-2x10's at each end under the LVL's down to the floor.... Is using the LVL's overkill, or the correct thing to do? Need help fast as my husband is insisting on not buying the LVL's and I don't want my roof to cave in.. Thanks