Load bearing wall


Old 09-18-13, 07:35 AM
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Load bearing wall

I have an 18' load bearing wall on the first floor of my two story home(also has a basement) that separates a formal living room from a family room that I would like to remove. What size LVL beam would I need to take its place? The floor joists are 2x10. Also Im sure I need to make sure the load is carried through into the basement below the load points?
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Old 09-18-13, 07:44 AM
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Also, directly below the load bearing wall in the basement is a steel I beam supported by steel poles every 10.5'. There is not a pole directly below where the end that is not over the foundation, but within 3'. Would anything need to be added in the basement?
Old 09-18-13, 08:07 AM
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You need an engineer to look at it to prevent having your house in the basement if you don't look for real help.

Old 09-18-13, 09:11 AM
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As Dick said, this kind of stuff needs an engineer on site.
Old 09-18-13, 07:15 PM
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Thanks gents. Will contact a local engineer.

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