Are these posts load bearing?


Old 03-30-14, 10:19 PM
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Are these posts load bearing?

My wife and I just bought a new house and HATE these four posts in the living/dining room area.

They appear to be stair/bannister posts, that are joined in the middle. The house is on a slab foundation. The problem I'm having is, I don't know if the wall above the posts is self-supporting or supported by these posts.

I've included photos of the attic and circled the approximate area above the posts. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Many thanks.
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Old 03-31-14, 03:44 AM
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I would venture a guess that they were not installed to bear a load, since they are decorative to begin with. If they bore a load, you have to consider the smallest diameter of the post (about 1 1/2") as supportive. For peace of mind, I would engage the service of a structural engineer to ensure you don't need support in this area. They are ugly, aren't they?

One unrelated concern is that vent pipe to the left of the circle. It is pointed downward, which can trap water, negating the venting effect. It should be level or slanted slightly the other direction.
Old 03-31-14, 04:49 AM
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In case you can't find it, here is the thread where you asked this same question 2 months ago.

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