Question about support posts in basment........
I have a wideline cape and am renovating the basement with new everything.
The house has a steel header in the basement under the 1st floor which runs from one side of the foundation to the other side.
In between this area, there are 4 support posts under the steal header that are "concreted" into the basement floor.
My question is, is there a point to have 4 of them? I know of many capes that only have 3, but I got the four.
I know theres ways that houses are designed and I guess they're there for a reason.
Is there an equation or something on how much the steel can handle and possibley remove/relocate these posts?
They are in the way in basically every room I'm creating (except for 1 which falls in a wall).
My father in law had 3 in his cape and completely removed 1 and relocated 1 when he finished his basement. And his house is completely dormered on the second floor with granite tile and thick concrete mud job on the first floor and hasn't had problems in the 15+ years.
Anyone have any input? Or who would I call to come and check it for me?
Thanks all in advance!