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Old 10-07-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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We're doing some work on our cabin. It sits on concrete piers in the crawl space. One of the supports is right in the way of our sink. We've put up with it since we bought the place, but are wondering if there's a way to get rid of it.
I tried to capture it as best I could with my phone camera, which doesn't do panorama view as my regular camera does. The 2 pictures didn't "stitch" together as I would have liked, but hopefully you'll get the idea.
The support on the left is just to the left of the refrigerator. The other one is painted white, which as you might be able to see encroaches on the one side of our sink, and sink base cabinet, a real pain. I don't have to tell you what the wife thinks of this set up, and makes sure I know it every time she does dishes .
Is there a way to use a laminate beam to span over to the wall, taking out the white support?
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it would be easier to move the sink cabinet and build a new top.

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It looks like the roof rafters from each side end in the middle of the room, resting on nothing. Or is that just the picture?
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that is 2 pictures overlaid (poorly)
check the microwave.

I'd guess that the roof beams/ceiling joists are actually continuous from wall to wall.
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Mac: Easy fix. Start doing the dishes; far less hassle than what you might get into, from what I see. Wow. Can you live w/ the post moving a couple of feet? That may be doable; anyone who advises you will have to know some distances and loads, btw; snow, wind velocities (in general), etc.
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that is 2 pictures overlaid (poorly)
check the microwave.

I'd guess that the roof beams/ceiling joists are actually continuous from wall to wall.
Got it, thanks.
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It is almost always possible to remove a support column and replace it with a properly sized header. The issue is generally cost. Removal of a load bearing column and replacement with a header requires that the load be transferred to the foundation, which may require new footings or improvment to the existing footing. The header needs to be sized for the loading, which is usually done by an engineer or architect, although in some cases the lumberyard that supplies the beam may size the header for you.

You also need details for the connections of the header to the existing framing. These are normally prepared by the design engineer. And when installing the new header, you need to pay very careful attention to temporary support of the ceiling during construction.

All of this is pretty standard construction practice. You normally need a permit, check with your local code enforcement official. You may want to run a search on this site, enter "replace column" or "header" and you will see lots of threads from previous posters with similar issues.

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