remove a support pole

Old 09-10-01, 08:14 AM
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hello, I have support beam, that is support by four poles. At the end of the basement, I would like to remove one pole in order to make it into a wider family room... the room is 7X10 and the pole is the middle. I want to put support beam that would run paralle to the actual beam. I was wondering how far apart I could put the actual beam, or those anyone have any other ideas I could use in removing this beam with out the house falling down... thx..
Old 09-11-01, 12:45 AM
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Not sure if you're talking about removing a pole and adding a support beam or moving the main beam, but either way I think it's a recipe for disaster. Chances are that the wall directly above the beam supports your roof, so if you pull a pole and try to add a second beam in another location, at a minimum your floor will sag. I recommend you proceed cautiously and pay an engineer to survey the load distribution before you do anything. Don't forget your poles are poured into your slab. Best of luck!!
Old 09-12-01, 03:22 PM
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I urge you to abandon this plan and figure out how to work around the pole.

But if you really want to remove the pole, you can. However, you absolutely must hire a good structural engineer to design this. The engineer will not only specify a stronger beam, but will also specify beefing up the footers under the posts on either side (since these posts will now be supporting more weight).

Remember, a small mistake could result in the collapse of your entire house! It's not worth the risk to be other than absolutely sure.

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