is this a load bearing wall ?


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Old 09-30-14, 06:14 PM
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is this a load bearing wall ?

is this a load bearing wall? I'm considering removing the wood spindles/columns and removing that portion of the wall to open up the room Name:  Dsc05591.jpg
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Welcome.
This question comes up a lot.

Hopefully you have an attic. Go up and see if trusses or ceiling joists/rafters are running in the same direction as my yellow lines.

If they are, it's Not load bearing. This may be obvious, but you can never be too careful with bearing walls.

Also, do not rely solely on my opinion. It would be prudent to see a picture of attic directly above this wall.

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Old 09-30-14, 07:16 PM
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no attic, it's a flat roof. I'll climb onto the roof when I can, to see if I can spot any roof joist humps. I made an offer on this abode and time will tell but until then, I'll have to wait

Thanks very much and I expect to be here often {8^D
 
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Old 09-30-14, 09:06 PM
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In my opinion..... if that was a load bearing wall you would have to have a continuous visible beam over the spindles and over and past the opening at the end of the spindles to the opposite wall.

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I agree with PJ that the odds are it's not load bearing - but it's best to know for sure. Inspecting both the roof and how the rest of the ceilings are framed so give you more clues.
 
 

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