Can a half wall be load bearing?

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Old 04-23-15, 06:17 AM
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Can a half wall be load bearing?

I attached a picture of the piece of a wall that I want to remove in between the red lines. It's a half wall. I'm pretty sure its safe to remove this portion, but just want a second opinion.

Also, there are a couple electrical outlets on each side of this wall. How difficult would they be to move? I doubt the wires that are there will be long enough to simple move over though.

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Old 04-23-15, 07:35 AM
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Does that wall continue to the right of the picture, to the other outside wall? Have you looked above & below it?
 
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Old 04-23-15, 07:38 AM
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No the wall does not continue to the right. This is on my main floor of a two story home and my basement is finished so I can't really see above or below it.
 
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You'll probably have to open up the wall to answer your questions Removing the drywall would show whether or not it's load bearing and what it would take to move the electrical [how the cable is routed]
 
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So there's is actually a chance that the bottom half of this wall can be load bearing? I'm just planning on ripping out the bottom wall in between the current moldings.
 
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You are completely safe to remove the bottom half of this wall as long as you don't go any wider than the current opening, load bearing or not.
 
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I wont go wider at all. Thank you Keith.
 
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Old 04-23-15, 09:14 AM
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You can remove that bottom "filler" section whether the wall is bearing or not.
If you are determined to do it, please remove drywall first and then post a picture of the framing and cable runs.
Basically you do not want to disturb or alter any studs that are directly to the left and right of window opening.

You should have enough cable to move receptacles to the remaining sections of wall. The cable should come down from ceiling and over, or up through floor and over. If the cable runs horizontally through wall section you are removing, you may end up losing one receptacle. This receptacle is required so you will need to find an alternate path to run cable.
 
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Thanks to the members of this forum, I was able to take down my wall. Here is an updated photo.
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