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I'm ***** *****, i had a question regarding moving a lally

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Hi I'm ***** *****, i had a question regarding moving a lally column / removing it
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: sure, I have a basement (concrete) 93" tall (to the joists), about 40'x40' 2 steel i beam spanning the entire 40' roughly 11' apart and 11' away from one wall, dividing the basement in 3
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
How many lally columns do you have along the 40' length of each beam?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The home is a 2 story home with attic, beams are 8" tall (not sure about width). There is 3 lally columns on each of the beams. Pictures are attached.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Are the beams spliced anywhere along their length? or are they single 40' long pieces?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Single Piece
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Ok. How would you like the new layout to look?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Before I accept the phone call offer, let me ask a question. If it doesn't work with the layout you want with the beam as-is, would you want to reinforce the beam to make your layout work?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yes, obviously cost is a factor so i'm looking for the best alternative which is also affordable (of sorts) basically i'm trying to fit a room 15x25 in this space. also trying to gain as much height as possible. so if there is a way to save the 8" of beam height somewhere. basically this is the room i'm trying to make.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
this one shows columns moved and 2 more added but i would also prefer it without any columns in that space.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
No columns in the colored spaces?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
in the top section of the colored space, theres a white line separating the lower colored area, that space can contain the beams, preferably I would embed them in the framing, which is planned for about 15' from the top wall
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Can you show me what your new post layout would look like? Ideally?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
like this photo, but instead of being 11' from the top wall, 15' away
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Ok. And these are supporting two floors and an attic? Any ceramic tile?Can you measure the exact depth and width of the beam and the flange thickness?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ceramic tiles in the's a pic of the house from outside and some pictures from inside. Can't measure the beam as we just bought the house and closing should be in a couple weeks or so.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have to head out, call me if possible, or we could continue this tomorrow.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Ok. We'll continue tomorrow.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.
Were you able to get the dimensions of the beam?

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