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I would like to replace and recess an existing header between

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I would like to replace and recess an existing header between my living room and dining room on the first floor of a two story home. The existing header is made up of 3 - 2x10 by 12 foot beams. It is supporting the second floor joists from below and there is a load bearing wall above that supports the second floor ceiling joists. I would like to recess a new engineered beam into the first floor ceiling using joist hangers and open the span up to 16 feet. How do I determine the type and size of joist needed?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.
Hello. I can help
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.
I can size it for you, but it will be a flitch plate. It won't work without the steel.
What is the joist length on each side? Will it support any ceramic tile?

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