Hi everyone... I'm new to the site and this is my first post.
I have a dilema, my 20' wide garage has a 4x12 beam across it, approximately 6' from the front opening of the garage. The second story of the home is supported by this beam. I have a post in the middle of the garage, 10' from either side, which supports the middle of the beam against sag. I want to somehow remove the post from my garage so I can park a vehicle in the middle and have two work areas, one on either side. Someone suggested using 1/2" steel plate which is the lenght of the beam and lagging it to the beam to help with the moment stength, to help with sag. Has anyone done anything similar, any help would be great.
Thanks for any advice, I know I need to most likely contact a structural engineer, but wanted to see if anyone else had a similar experience.