I would like to remove a column from an opening in a load bearing wall. The opening is between the original house (single story, late 50's) and an add-on family room (70's). There is a chance that the column was added as decoration by the previous owner.
The header is composed of one 8'+ 4"x10" beam and one 4"x4" beam. The rough opening is 94". On one side there are one or two 2x4 king struts and one 2x4 jack strut. There is a 1" gap between the king strut and jack strut. Not sure about the other side yet. From what I have read, the header size seems fine for a less than 8 ft opening but I seem to be lacking at least a jack strut.