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I'm ***** *****, i had a question regarding moving a lally

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Hi I'm ***** *****, i had a question regarding moving a lally column / removing it
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: sure, I have a basement (concrete) 93" tall (to the joists), about 40'x40' 2 steel i beam spanning the entire 40' roughly 11' apart and 11' away from one wall, dividing the basement in 3
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
How many lally columns do you have along the 40' length of each beam?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The home is a 2 story home with attic, beams are 8" tall (not sure about width). There is 3 lally columns on each of the beams. Pictures are attached.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Are the beams spliced anywhere along their length? or are they single 40' long pieces?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Single Piece
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Ok. How would you like the new layout to look?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Before I accept the phone call offer, let me ask a question. If it doesn't work with the layout you want with the beam as-is, would you want to reinforce the beam to make your layout work?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes, obviously cost is a factor so i'm looking for the best alternative which is also affordable (of sorts) basically i'm trying to fit a room 15x25 in this space. also trying to gain as much height as possible. so if there is a way to save the 8" of beam height somewhere. basically this is the room i'm trying to make.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this one shows columns moved and 2 more added but i would also prefer it without any columns in that space.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
No columns in the colored spaces?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
in the top section of the colored space, theres a white line separating the lower colored area, that space can contain the beams, preferably I would embed them in the framing, which is planned for about 15' from the top wall
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Can you show me what your new post layout would look like? Ideally?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
like this photo, but instead of being 11' from the top wall, 15' away
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Ok. And these are supporting two floors and an attic? Any ceramic tile?Can you measure the exact depth and width of the beam and the flange thickness?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ceramic tiles in the's a pic of the house from outside and some pictures from inside. Can't measure the beam as we just bought the house and closing should be in a couple weeks or so.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have to head out, call me if possible, or we could continue this tomorrow.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Ok. We'll continue tomorrow.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.
Were you able to get the dimensions of the beam?