Steve is right, and so is Scott.
(Thanks Steve!) And as I also say ... Take some of the $$$ you're saving on not having to hire a Contractor and, instead, pay for some SOUND advice from a Structural Engineer. There are times where $$$ is well spent. This would be one of them.
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: God Bless America!
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