Load Bearing Wall Question


Old 06-24-15, 02:49 PM
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Load Bearing Wall Question

I am interested in removing a 13' interior wall in a ranch house with a basement that was built in 1977 and am trying to identify whether or not it is load bearing. The wall is on the main level and all that is above it is the attic. The house has an engineered roof truss system in the attic and the ceiling joists run perpendicular (right overtop) the wall plate which is a double top plate. The ceiling joists do not overlap with eachother but do butt up right against eachother and have metal/steel plates to join them together. When I went into the attic to investigate I found that the ceiling joists are nailed to the double top plate of the wall (not where they butt up to each-other though), does this mean its load bearing? I have had two contractors come out and tell me it is not a load bearing wall based on the fact that it has an engineered roof truss system but all they did was peak in the attic and did not look to see if the ceiling joists were nailed to the double top plate of the wall. I have attached some pictures and am interested in hearing your opinion.

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Old 06-24-15, 03:39 PM
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Your contractors are right, all it takes is one glance to know. It is not load a bearing wall, but you may notice that your ceiling may develop a hairline crack at the V's of your trusses (on either side of center) if there are any drywall joints in that vicinity simply because that is a point where there is a concentrated roof load and some flexing may occur.

The trusses should not have been nailed to those interior walls in the first place, they should have used clips so that the truss can rise and fall as needed with changes in temperature.

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