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Old 03-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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New member. Floor joist gone!

Hello everyone. I have a problem with my home I purchased in 2010 and need some advice. (structural advice)

I was getting ready to paint and decided it would be a good idea to replace the pine frame around one of my floor beams in my finished family room. (in my basement) well upon removing the wood I find the beam is gone at the bottom and just dangling from the I beam above.

My house is a split level house built by national homes in 1968.
The I beam is a one piece solid I beam 4 inches wide by 7 inches tall that spans the full length of the center of my house. There are 3 support poles total. The out side beams are 8 ft in from the ends of the house and the other is right in the middle of the house. My upstairs is 37x24 not including the garage.

I always wanted to get rid of the pole since its right in the way of my family room and now that i found its been rotted for whos knows how long it makes me want it gone even more.

My question is ... Can I get rid of it and maybe add one hidden in my wall at 13ft from the end of the house instead of the 8 ft it originaly was?
Is the I beam strong enough to span to support in the center of the house like it is now? Seems like it was an overkill I beam to begin with.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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Please consult a Structural Engineer soon.

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What he said!!!!! But you can't remove those poles, they hold up the beam that holds up the house, but seems to be bad. Unless you are a contractor in the building trades or an engineer, this is not a DIY job, and requires prompt action.
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Anything is possible, but is it worth it? By moving the column and putting in a new column, that would mean new footings. Are you prepare to dig up your house? Yes, you would need to get an engineer to run some numbers to make sure the WF beam can take the new lengths (one side got longer if one side got shorter).
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