I have a bearing wall in a bungalow I'm remodeling. The wall runs the length of the living room, and is pretty much in the centre of the house, running parallel to the eaves. There is a wall in the basement directly below, which presumably is a beam with teleposts.
I'm assuming the wall is bearing. I've removed the drywall, it's a standard 2x4 wall with studs every 16", just what you'd expect.
I'm wanting to open the wall up, and make an opening approximately 78" wide. I'm pretty much removing 6 studs.
What size beam do I need to use in this instance, (ideally using regular lumber - I have some height to work with, probably enough room for 2x10s if necessary), and how many studs need to support each side of it?
Thanks in advance. If I haven't provided adequate information, please let me know what else I need.