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Can you get me the depth of the beam, the width of the beam and the flange thickness of the beam to the nearest 1/8"?
With this information, I can look up the actual beam size in the AISC tables
So you want to slide a beam at the midspan of your 18' span floor joists, so you will be making two 9' spans more or less to help support the sagging existing 18' span floor joists?
Are these floor joists in a bedroom area or a general occupancy area in your home?
Sorry to say the shallowest Wide Flange beam or Structural Tube are both 8" deep. A 4" deep member will not span 22.5'.
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With a post in the middle of the 22.5' span, you could make two spans of 11.25'.
You could use a W4x13 (50 ksi) steel beam. This beam is 4" wide and 4.125" deep. The beam weighs 13 pounds per foot of beam.
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