I'm wondering if I can strengthen the support beam in my basement in order to remove one of the support posts... Here's a sketch of the current design:
Can I reinforce the current 3 ply 2x12 basement beam with extra 2x12's on the sides in order to eliminate the middle post? If so, how many 2x12's or micro lams would I on either side of the current beam to support the house?
Also, would the end points of the new, longer beam need to be reinforced? Currently one side sits on a 3" tapco post and the other sits on a 12" block wall - not with a double pileaster and not slushed & rodded - just hollow.