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I'm removing a 20' load bearing wall in a -level home in

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I'm removing a 20' load bearing wall in a bi-level home in NJ. The wall supports one floor and the roof. I've determined a 1/2" flinch plate sandwiched between two 2" x 8" x 20' would be adequate. What is your advice?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'll be happy to assist you.
How did you determine a 1/2" plate with the 2x8s will work. That seems very small and I don't believe it will work when I check it.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.
That size flitch plate beam is not even close to working. How did you arrive at the conclusion that beam is acceptable?
I can size a flitch plate to minimize the depth, but it will be deeper than 7.25" deep.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What information do you require to determine the correct thickness and number of flitch plates,while using 2" x 8" x 20'?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.
You can't use 2x8s. The plate thickness is too much - over 3". If you want to stick with that depth you will need a custom I beam designed and it will be very heavy and inefficient.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.
I can offer the custom I beam design as an additional service.