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Old 09-09-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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I am removing a wall between my kitchen and dining room. There are 3 2x10's that run down the center of the kitchen. Currently there are 3 2x4's in the wall supporting the beam. The 2x4's are blocked down to an I beam in the basement. Above the beam is an outside wall of 2 bedrooms which the roof sits on. Currently the span is 11' 6" on one side and 15'6" on the other side. I want to move the support over 20" making one span over 17'. Is the span to far?


I have gotten several different answers from carpenters and structural engineers. Just looking for a few more opinions.


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What were the answers that the SE & Architects gave you? You are expecting different from some strangers on a Internet forum?

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Yes I am asking strangers on the inter webs hence why I posted... IMO the more eyes and opinions the better. Possibly that is why these kind of message boards exist?

Some said that one post would be fine. Others said to add another. Some came up with running multiple cross LVL's and removing the posts all together.
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Better to go with the strongest option. Well as long as it is not total over kill.
The SE has to sign off and should know what he is doing.
And there is more than one way to skin a cat.
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Stick with the information that the Structural Engineers are giving you.
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Yes I am asking strangers on the inter webs hence why I posted... IMO the more eyes and opinions the better. Possibly that is why these kind of message boards exist?
Message boards do not exist to give out structural advice. That is very dangerous. The only people who can answer your questions are the structural engineers or architects that come out and physically look at your project.

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Some said that one post would be fine. Others said to add another. Some came up with running multiple cross LVL's and removing the posts all together.
You have many options. The best one would be coming from a structural engineer or an architect.
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Whyn't ya j take them posts out all together? They's jess gonna be in the way. See? That's what you get when you rely on the kindness of strangers.
If you got opinions from more than one SE, choose the one that most appeals to you aesthetically and budget wise. Overkill is always nice if you can afford it.
A good carpenter may know what he is talking about and he will probably go the overkill route just to be sure. But a good carpenter is not gonna argue, not much anyway, with a structural Engineer. Arguing with architects is a different story.

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