For a 26ft outside load bearing wall i am opening up with 2 26ft lvl, Will I need a support column in the middle or can i just do the support columns on both ends. I have enlarged my kitchen. Now I need to remove the existing outside load bearing wall for the open floor plan.

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    The cost of an engineer's review on this is dwarfed by the cost of the structure collapsing. I'm sure there is some sort or LVL that will bear the load... But what about shear resistance? What about lateral deflection? Your description puts this project firmly outside layman territory. You're not talking about a 5 foot window, here.
    – Matthew
    Jul 13, 2019 at 15:55

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Removing an outside load bearing wall is serious, it will be worth the few hundred dollars to ask the opinion of a structural engineer. They will be able to calculate the loads and give you a stamp of approval. I take it you're doing this without pulling any permits.

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