Yup.. another load bearing wall question

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Old 03-04-09, 07:40 PM
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Yup.. another load bearing wall question

Hello all. I am getting a head start on the post, and I will have more info for you tomorrow, but this is what I have so far. My wife and I wanna knock a load bearing wall out(I know it is b/c the joists run at a 90* to the wall and I know this b/c I ran new elec. wire between 2 joists about 3 yrs ago.) One room is a laundry room that you can enter/exit to the one car attached garage, the other room is a kitchen nook. Both are small rooms. We wanna make one room/mud room so to speak! The room above is a computer room and I know for sure that the wall studs on the 1st floor do not go all the way up to the roof like some do in this house.

I WILL HAVE EXACT MEASURMENTS TOMORROW!!

Info, we live in Williamsport, Pa, house was built 1942. The wall studs are 16 oc and look a tad bigger than 2x4's. Weird I know, but they do. There is lath and plaster on the wall. There is a basement below this also but no wall like the one we wanna tear out! So to me that says I may be able to take this wall out w/ no support beam/header??!
THE JOISTS between the 1st & 2nd floor are 2x10's spaced 16oc. Again I know for sure this is true b/c I did just look at them the other night.
The roof i have rafters.
I was looking at the joist/rafter span chart and wow is that confusing. Figured someone on here would know.

Thanks in advanced. I will post on here later tomorrow w/ the exact measurements and possibly some pics!
 
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Old 03-06-09, 04:07 AM
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Ok so I measured the span and it is 13 ft 1 inch. The height of the wall which I don't think matters is 8ft 1/2". Here are the pics. I just wanna knock the wall out and make it one room. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-12-09, 09:32 AM
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I am disappointed no one answered. I understand though. Hard to answer a ? like this but I figured it wouldn't hurt.

So, I am going to call someone to come take a look. Who do I need to call to get advice about this?? Contractor or engineer?

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My suggestion is to call an structural engineer.
I run into a similar situation and was suprised by what the engineer told me ,the project was much more elaborated than I ever imagin ,required supports in the basement and a much bigger beam than planned
To span 13' it was required a 3-play 1.75''x14 LVL and steel posts for support,not a DYS in my oppinion.The $$$ spend on the eng. was well worth it
 
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Old 03-14-09, 07:47 AM
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I have a friends friend who is a contractor that puts additions on, builds houses and what not and he is coming over later this afternoon. I hope I don't have to do that!! If so I won't be doing this project.
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