I know this has come up before but most of the forums that I have looked at seem to pass the buck. I have a 16 foot garage opening in a remodeling job whose exterior is brick veneer. Surprise, there is no lintel. How it has stayed up I have no idea much less how it was done. My question is what size lintel to install. I have 5 courses of bricks above the oening. i am cutting a jigsaw pattern on the sides of the opening and removing all of the top brick. 6in overhangs on the side. The question of the day, without getting an engineer involved is what size lintel should I use? The lintel will be attached with bolts to the header.