The previous owner of our house removed an interior support wall in the
basement to make way for a pool table. He replaced the wall with a 15'
steel beam supported on both ends with 8x8 posts. While working in the
basement last week we noticed that one of the beams has started to
seriously splinter/fracture down the center on all three sides (the
forth side is against a wall). We think it we may have caused this
while trying to plumb an old door frame that turned out to be bolted to
the support post. How serious is this? What should we do? Any help
is much appreciated.
It's never good when you have new cracks in a supporting post. Get it
replaced by someone who will know if it was sized right and installed
correctly in the first place. For example, replacing a wall with beam
and posts may call for special reinforcement where the posts bear on
the foundation because you have converted the load from a distributed
load to a point load.
The support columns & beam should be inspected by a certified
structural engineer to make a recommendation. It may be okay, maybe
not--perhaps a simple fix with sistered posts and bolted steel
Begin by getting the hell out of there. Do it NOW !!!!!!
You can read the rest of these messages from a friends house on their
computer. I'm serious. GET OUT NOW....... Your house is ready to
totally collapse. ARE YOU OUT OF THERE YET?
Call 911 AFTER YOU LEAVE.....
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