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james5858 11-18-2012 09:06 PM

replacing a half wall with steel header
There is an existing interior opening into the basement kitchen with a 4 ft header and then a 6 ft wall. I would like to replace the wall and header with a steel header so we could run all the wires along the length of it. there would be a post every 4 ft. What type of steel header would work for this and is it possible to do. I have built a temporary wall but am still a little reluctant to demo this until i know it can work. thanks

jklingel 11-18-2012 11:42 PM

hard to say without a sketch or photo, but this sounds like a question that gets asked here a lot. the usual answers contain at least a few "depends on what is above this area", or "get an engineer on site", etc. you can put your whole house on a steel beam, sure. the questions are "how big of a beam?"; "is the foundation ready for posts to bear weight?"; and a few others. i'd suggest doing a quick search here for "bearing wall removal", and topics like that. imo, this is not necessarily a diy job, at least not without an engineer to run some numbers. good luck, and i hope the deal works out well for you.

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