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Load Bearing Wall?? I'm sure this has been asked before


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01-01-09, 07:54 PM   #1  
Load Bearing Wall?? I'm sure this has been asked before

I'm sure this type of thing has been asked a million times but I am looking for specific help. Below is a picture of what I am working with. My home is built on slab and is 1 story with a gable roof. Roof is truss construction. I want to remove the red wall and I believe it is not load bearing because the other end of the house has the trusses span the entire length of the house from 1 exterior wall to the other without any supports. Anyone have nay thoughts? There is no special framing up in the rafters. Thanks in advance



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01-01-09, 08:34 PM   #2  
If you go to the Search option and type in load bearing walls, you will find that the best option is to consult with a structural engineer. Even the best contractors can often not prescribe what needs to be done. You simply can't eyeball the situation or look at a picture. Consult with a structural engineer. Then, if changing structure, you will need a building permit and all required inspections. Consult with building inspector. He/she can provide you with names of building inspectors. Any changes to structure will require submitted plans.

 
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01-30-09, 03:33 PM   #3  
yes you can take that wall out! If it doesn't have a header above the door... you can look at all your trusses very close and determine if they are all identical and are structurally sounds and looks like its simply a parting wall to create another room

 
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01-31-09, 12:01 AM   #4  
If it where my home and I could see the trusses were identical I would feel safe removing the wall without any other input. But, as twelvepole suggests, I could never tell someone work like this can definitely be done without at least being able to see it for myself and even then, in a clients home, I would have an architect or engineer give their opinion (in writing).

 
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01-31-09, 10:19 PM   #5  
take the damn thing out its not load bearing and any carpenter knows it... bit i also know that we all need to cover our asses so just do it... especially if its only a 25' span thats barely a distance that needs to be concerned about

 
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02-01-09, 10:22 PM   #6  
Posted By: climber417 take the damn thing out its not load bearing and any carpenter knows it... bit i also know that we all need to cover our asses so just do it... especially if its only a 25' span thats barely a distance that needs to be concerned about
This is correct. Because its a trussed roof the bottom chord will not be bearing. However if the web converge on top of the wall(web are the vertical members of the truss) take a picture and ask again. Also, if you were in an old house from like the
30's, where i am no door ways have headers(lumber shortage). What was said in this thread is not correct in every case.

 
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