:I am in the process of finishing my basement.
: I currently have a 40 foot steel I beam being supported by a
: concrete foundation and 3 support poles to support the first
: my home. One support pole is in an undesirable location for the
: designed floor plan.
: I plan to replace the one support pole with two to correct this
: situation. The total span between the foundation and pole
: will not exceed 13 feet. I will be setting new footings for the
: new poles being considered.
: If done correctly will this repositioned and additional pole
: configuration cause any problems or harm to my home. What else
: I beware of in considering this solution?
As a couple of people have indicated, you should have a pro look
at the situation to be positive; that's a bigf investment you're
working in. Sometimes "poles" have to be directly under the
loads, sometimes not, stresses along the Ibeam aren't necessarily
equal by any means, plus you haven't mentioned what's under the
floor where you plan to put the new beams; it might be just a few
inches of cement?
Or, I'd opt to make the problem pole a feature of the room
somehow with some out-of-box thinking to work it into the
overall. Perfection sometimes requires concessions in favor of
function. I saw a house in Chgo once with a SLATE pool table
that had a "pole" through it, right dead center. A newer game of
pool, but fun none the less.