I was looking to buy this house and then realize this room is strange. It used to be a garage but got converted to living space (with permit):

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It was a single lumber running across so I am not sure why it needs the support in the middle. I guess the span is too wide for that lumber.

Anyways, the support post looks weird:

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Is this piece of metal a "Structural" component or just some "hack" from previous owner?

What do I do in order to remove this post? Larger beam?

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    It is a screw jack.
    – chili555
    Jul 23, 2019 at 23:15
  • Loan is money I assume. Anyways, is screw jack a permanent support or temporary?
    – HP.
    Jul 24, 2019 at 1:08
  • 4
    Looks like the remodel was interrupted. Additional walls were probably planned which would carry the load temporarily being supported by the triple 2x6 and screw jack
    – Kris
    Jul 24, 2019 at 1:44
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    Also be concerned with the moldy sheetrock in lower portion of exterior walls water is infiltrating them somehow.
    – Kris
    Jul 24, 2019 at 2:42
  • I have no idea..lol It was the iPhone autocorrect thing.
    – HP.
    Jul 24, 2019 at 5:27

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I would hire a structural engineer to give me a report on the existing conditions and include any needed support for that beam. Tell him your ideas and intentions so he can advise you what is needed or required.

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