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The house I just bought has a large irregular shaped hole cut through approximately 1/3 of the main beam supporting the second floor joists above the garage. The beam is 5.5" thick x 18" wide, the previous owner chopped through the beam to mount an overhead garage door opener then removed the jack post to open up the garage. The beam is sagging approx 1" in center. I had an engineer design a metal saddle that is 3' long and weighs more than a hundred pounds and is held in place by 16 5/8" x 6" bolts. I need to jack the beam back up to level and support the metal saddle in place on the beam while I drill 16 5/8" holes through 5.5" of beam. I do have the advantage of having two big sons with strong backs. My plan is to mount two 4x6 posts under the beam on either side of where the saddle mounts to jack the beam up and hold in position while I mount the saddle. The only way I can think of to hold the saddle in place is to have my sons lift it a few feet at a time while I place concrete blocks under it to support it then drive wooden shims under the saddle so it is tight against the beam. Drilling a perfectly straight hole through this depth concerns me, I will drill from both sides but the holes really need to be perfect for the support to work as designed. I read on the net that putting a cd around the drill bit and aligning with the reflection in the cd helps keep the bit straight. Any ideas or suggestions on better ways to tackle the job would be great.