Interior Load bearing wall has Concrete block sticking out from floor


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Old 02-18-13, 03:49 PM
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Interior Load bearing wall has Concrete block sticking out from floor

Hey Guys, First post here been lurking from time to time.

Anyway, question regarding what looks like a bit of cinder-block or concrete footing sticking up out of the concrete floor in my basement. A load bearing wall sits on it rebarred in, unfortunatley the guy who put in the wall used 2x4 instead of 2x6 to frame the wall which he covered up by building an awefull looking box around the excess it to suffice for molding. Needless to say i just tore it all down.

I can beef it up to fix that issue BUT the wife wants the door way thats in it moved to make room for a bigger shower in the adjacent room. Question is What is it? can I remove it or some of it? and what would be the cleanest way to do that?

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Old 02-18-13, 04:18 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Have you considered putting up a 2x6 wall? It sure would save a lot of busting up of the concrete cutting the rebar, grinding to a flat surface. Will it all stay in the same location or is part of the wife's plans causing it to be partially removed?
 
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Old 02-18-13, 04:52 PM
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yeah I will be replacing with 2X6 and only partially removing about a foot or so of the concrete. Just wondering if im going to be hosing structure by touching it and what tools would best suit the job.
 
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Old 02-18-13, 05:08 PM
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I've never seen this except as a berm for a shower, so I don't think you will have it come down around your shoulders if you modify it. How 'bout a shot from the wall looking upward. That will tell more about what is needed for support.
 
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Old 02-19-13, 07:10 AM
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Looks like a kicker wall, which is usually cast as part of the slab. Normally used as a starter for formwork when building a concrete wall.
 
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Old 02-19-13, 09:15 PM
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Or possibly an effort to get the wooden wall framing up from and off the floor, if the floor was prone to flooding at one time.
 
 

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