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Old 05-23-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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Center Beam support w / Lallys

I have 60's 40' ranch with a a one car basement garage. I need to store a classic car on the other side of 4 Lally columns. The center beam is made up of only 3, 2x8's. I need an 18' span in just the center basement that is clear of columns to maneuver this old car into this space. However there are load bearing walls that run the entire length of the living space above. I hearing "add plywood and you can remove the columns" something I don't want to do! I'm also told to add a steel, "U" channel and return the 2 columns back to 18" opening on each end. (Sounds much safer to me!) I don't have the budget for an I beam support replacement but, I must keep safty and integrity in mind. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, Don
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Have an engineer/architect/local lumber store size an LVL to carry the load

Plywood won't do it

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