I have a remodel project going on in the basement...
In the room we are working in I have a support post that I would like to remove. The span of the beam is 16 ft. It is 3 2X8's nailed together they are all each one board. One end is supported by another wooden post the other is inserted into the foundation concrete wall.
My home is 1970's construction with truss style roof the beam is for floor only no load bearing wall above it. The floor joist come together at the beam their total length is 24 ft.
It has been suggested that I replace with an steel I beam but the size they have stated will require cuuting concrete wall plus the beam will hang down in the room which already has a low ceiling.
My question is... Can I and what size channel steel would I be able to laminate and bolt to the already existing wooden beam to give it the strength it would need to support floor and remove the center post?
Any and all help would be great! Thank you!