Home Improvement--General/BASEMAENT BEAM

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I just purchased a bungalow and in the basement there is a beam supporting a span 26 feet. This beam is 4 2x8 nailed together with a post in the middle. I want to remove this post and replace the beam with an engineered beam. Is this possible and how big would it need to be

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It is possible. My feeling is that you will lose a great deal of headroom though. 26 feet is a long way to go unsupported  for a primary house beam. You will need to check with a structural engineer to see how big exactly. 16" or 22" comes to mind- but check with an engineer.
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