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My name is ***** *****. I want to replace a load bearing

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Customer: Hi. My name is ***** *****. I want to replace a load bearing wall with LVLs.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Yes. I have a bunch of details. I was hoping you could let me know how big they need to be and how many I will need. The wall is 18' long, and I want as little "beam" showing as possible, so I'm planning on putting as much of the LVLs as I can into the joists above. The joists will therefore be attached to the LVLs. 2 story house joists are 2x8
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No roof trusses, since the top floor has cathedral ceilings. The main cross beam at the peak of the roof has a perpendicular wall under the middle of it. That wall sits right on top of the wall I'm replacing. I can't tell if the upstairs wall supports the cross beam at the peak of the roof or if it's non-load bearing. The majority of the roof weight is supported by the exterior walls.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The ridge beam is 4"x12". One side is 8'6" and the other side is 13'6".On the long side, there is another beam (same size) running perpendicular to the main beam we have been talking about. That one is about 5-6' in from the exterior wall. It runs out to the exterior walls, so I think this supports some of the load.I will post some pic's online so you can see them.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You can see them here if the attachments aren't working.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The joist spans on either side of the wall I'm removing are 12' and 13'6". I'm in Colorado Springs, CO if you need to calculate snow load. The roof is metal and the previous asphalt shingle roof is still under it.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I can help you with this, but it will be later this evening. Will that work for you?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Today will be fine. Thanks.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Never mind - I don't need help anymore.