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Oct 15, 2013, 11:39 AM
Removing a Post?
I have a 20 foot roof section over my patio and 2 posts every 10ft. I have took all the frill off them and there is a single beam spanning that section. there is no second story above said roof. I want to remove the middle post....?
Oct 15, 2013, 12:25 PM

Your location would help. Is snow load an issue? Does the single beam have any joints in the 20' run, likely since 20' 2x isn't exactly a stock item.

Sight unseen, I'd say no.

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Oct 15, 2013, 05:54 PM
Even without a picture I can pretty well guarantee that you cannot remove the post. 10' is already a fair sized span, there is no way you are going to see residential construction overbuilt to the point that you can remove a center post and create a 20' span.

Oct 23, 2013, 11:30 PM
if you do...listen real good..hear that CREEEEAK
thats the roof coming!!!!
Oct 24, 2013, 10:54 AM
I would hope that adding an engineered beam according to the detail provided by your structural engineer will not triple the net value of the house.

but not doing that will certainly reduce it by a third.

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Oct 26, 2013, 02:01 PM
i like that.....snappy, snarky,