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I need help sizing a header to replace a load bearing wall.

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I need help sizing a header to replace a load bearing wall. I would like to use multiple lvl beams. The header would replace a 16' 6" load bearing wall. The header would be supporting a first and second story outside wall with roof trusses on same wall for both stories.. Home is typical wood frame construction with shingle roof. The home was a single story home, then back of home had two story addition added. Joists run 11' into first story from load bearing wall and separate joists run 18' to back of addition.
Home is located in Orlando fl, so no snow load. Header would be installed below joists, no hangers. Also please let me know what type of support columns would be needed, wood studs or steel lally columns. If wood support columns, they would be on concrete slab. If steel lally I would jack floor and make concrete footers. Let me know if you need any other info.
Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello. How are you doing? I'll be happy to assist you

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

So it's supporting joists on both sides? Is the addition 2 stories?

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Will it support any ceramic tile?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
joists on both sides and supporting second story with shingle roof. I gave full specs in original question. Second story will have wood floor with tile in bath in future. Currently has carpet and vinyl floor. Thanks for your help.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

7" x 20" 2.0E LVL

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. Is 2.0e something the lumber yard would know what it means.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Forgot to ask can I use studs for support columns under header?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Yes. 2.0E is the stress grade. You can use a 6x6 Doug-fir no. 2 posts

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Do you have any other questions for me on this topic? If you could rate my answer, I would appreciate it.