I am trying to install an in wall speaker. The problem I ran into was exactly where the cut out is going to be there is a pipe to the left "steam heating pipe". Then a beam to right of it.
Option 1 - The only direction I can go is to cut the beam side. I need to cut about 1 1/2 inches into the beam which is basically the beam size. It's only one beam, I am pretty sure its a load bearing wall. Will cutting that beam by 2"section by 17" long be a bad idea? I am not looking to take down a whole wall, just one beam. Will I need to support that beam with cripple stud, header, and jack studs? Will I need to add king studs?
Option 2 - I move the speaker over another 20 inches "Kinda Far off" but again I am running into two beams and between the 20 inch mark, I would have to cut about 3/4 into both beams on each side and 17 inches the long way (top to bottom). Would cutting 3/4 of an inch off the beam be a bad idea or would I have to support it before I make the 3/4 inch cut, then support it afterwards with two 2x4's or a cripple stud horizontally then a king stud, header and jack stud?
Which option would be the easiest and safest way?