I moved a support post in my last house. Here
is a "before" picture with the original support post and beam. In order to move the support post, I had to bring in a new I-beam
to be welded along side the old one. The new I-beam had to rest on a new support post, so I had a hole cored
in the concrete floor and a helical pier
was installed to support the new post. (A helical pier is a steel rod that is drilled all the way to bed-rock). A cement cap is then poured on the top of the pier, forming the support for the new post. I then raised the new beam
into place, installed the new support post, and welded the new beam
to the old one.Here
is a picture of the finished I-beam with the center support post removed. Here
is a picture of the finished area with a non-dedicated theater. Several other people on this forum have done similar projects. Ted White
specifically comes to mind.
If I remember right, the total cost removing the support post in 2001 was about $3,000. (Engineering and permits = $500; helical pier = $1,500, beam and other materials $1000. I'm now in a new house, getting ready to build a new dedicated theater in my unfinished basement. Guess what -- I've got another support post in the way again :mad: . I'm seriously considering moving this one too. I called a structural engineer yesterday.