We are remodeling our basement that has four teleposts. Three are not an issue. The fourth one is right in the middle of the living space. Can your main beam be reinforced to remove that telepost? Can your main beam be reinforced from the exterior wall to the second telepost to remove that first telepost in the middle of the living space or do you need to reinforce the main beam the entire width of the house?
Do you have to do the whole beam or can you just do a section?
You can definitely reinforce your beam to remove any or all of the teleposts, but there many factors that should be considered. I am sure a lot of people will tell you ways that it can be done and many ways it has been done and quite possibly they are correct. Having said that I would spend the $500.00 or so dollars to have it properly engineered. Keep in mind it is your home which is your most valuable investment, and you are playing around with important structural items that have to be designed to carry certain loads. Many contractors can do the work, but have a structural engineer design it and then you are at the very least protected.
Don at Greylu Construction.
Thanks everyone. I guess I will try and find an engineer in my area that's willing to do a small job.
You would be very wise to get an engineers report. The posts are intended to support the entire house and any structural changes could have a major effect on other components, such as walls dropping (cracks in drywall) doors not closing as they should ... you get the picture. Having said all that, there, usually, are ways to accomodate the support required and allow you to m do the modifications that you would like to do.
All the responses you have received are all accurate, getting a engineers stamp of approval is a must and protects you from any liability regarding being code compliant. Also the footing size, in some cases, may need to be re-sized as the point load has been increased on the footing. Hopefully, you are ok, but worth checking out on your original house plans.
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