While doing our basement renovation, my husband asked our contractor to move a solid steel column about 4 feet to create more space when entering in the basement area. The contractor sawed it off and put a screw jack in the new location. The new location is under a newly added steel beam (that replaced a damaged wood beam.) I had since found out that this is not supposed to be a permanent support and that the old location was a certain distance from the middle column before it for a reason. It was about 8 feet away from the middle column. Now there is 13 feet between columns. I called over a structural engineer who gave me a high cost to put back the column. But he offered an alternative which was to add more support to the screw jack to spread the load with 2x8 wood doubled up on each side. Total we put 6 of these around the steel jack as shown below (below shows only 2 sides but there was one more side added.
This is shown below.
I since went on my merry way. No issues but 6 months after the extra wood, I'm wondering if I should get a second opinion. It's been 2 years since the steel jack went up.
I have 2 issues - one the distance between column and steel jack and whether the wood planks is supporting the screwjack.