So your saying not to overlap and glue/bolt the 16’ pcs of wood together to get to my desired length? Instead just make 16’ beams and butt them together at a post....Don't attempt to make one long beam. beams meet on top of the posts.Thanks for all the input on this guys. Like I said, I’m not the best when it comes to standards and what is going to actually work as opposed to what a chart tells me. I am going to proceed with the 3 ply beam underneath so that way no one will come back at me and say it is inadequate.
Again, thanks for all the help!!!