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Agree with Jim....

Posted by Dodgeman on August 23rd, 2000 12:38 PM
In reply to Moving Basement Post by Pierre on August 23rd, 2000 07:07 AM [Go to top of thread]

You should get a professional opinion, plus buy in from your building inspector prior to any changes.
Having said that, your W8X18 is only 8.14 inches deep and 5.25 inches wide at the flanges. the web is .23 thick and the flanges are .33 inches thick. The area is only 5.26 square inches.
My opinion is that if you remove the post or even move it to the 18 foot mark, the problem will be one of deflection. The floor above will be too "springy" and will probably result in drywall cracks, etc.
Good luck!

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