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j w a 10-26-2011 10:36 PM

removing supporting wall between kitchen and living room for open concept. the span is 17ft, no second floor, 4ft basement with cement floor. what size of beam should be used.

havalife 10-26-2011 10:57 PM

:thumbsup: So you are removing a supporting wall?? How much load is the wall supporting? Is a roof over the wall?

jburd964 10-26-2011 11:03 PM

It doesn't sound as thou it's a load bearing wall, but to be safe in removing 17' of supporting wall, I would go to a reputable lumber yard and talk to someone about a engineer lament beam, they have access to the information and will give you what your looking for. They aren't cheap but once it's in place you can forget about it. I just recently built and used several the longest spans 25' and it T- bones into another one that's 20' mid-ways and their as straight as the day they where installed. I'm thinking their ran around $3 - 500 each. Sounds pricey until you see no sag in a room that's 20'x45' of nothing but open air.

I'm not a professional., But I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night.

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