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I am looking to do a remodel on a 2.5 story in the kitchen. We are looking at removing a section of loading bearing wall that spans a total of 13 feet but will be broken into two sections one @ 9 feet the other @ 4 feet. We plan getting an engineer to sign off, but wanted some feedback on the support beam. It is an older some so it is true 2*4 construction. I was hoping to use 2by12 sandwiched with glue and sheathing and then split between the two sections and carried at both ends and where the 9ft and 3ft section might. I also plan on keeping the current solid oak 2by8 in its place while putting the 2by12 below it. Any Thoughts?
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I had a difficult time following your post. I gather you want to remove the wall, then install a post? at the 9 foot point so you will cut the maximum span to 9 feet. Is this for aesthetic reasons? If not, maybe you should consider removing the entire wall, and spanning all 13 feet with no intermediate post. Your engineer will spec the beam, but it can certainly be spanned with the correct Glulam or perhaps a steel beam.
 

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I'm glad to hear you will get professional help on this, and the liability involved. The S.E. will spec the header, posts, floor blocking, post below right down to the footing size and depth, any steel strapping for tie-in to the existing walls, etc......The potential loads above can be a few thousand pounds, more or less....
Let us know what they say, and Welcome to the forum!

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I had a difficult time following your post. I gather you want to remove the wall, then install a post? at the 9 foot point so you will cut the maximum span to 9 feet. Is this for aesthetic reasons? If not, maybe you should consider removing the entire wall, and spanning all 13 feet with no intermediate post. Your engineer will spec the beam, but it can certainly be spanned with the correct Glulam or perhaps a steel beam.
The post between the 9 and 3 foot mark would be the start of a wall that would enclose a small section for a refrigerator and cabinet.
 
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