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03-06-02, 06:24 PM   #1  

We are planning on removing a lathe and plaster load bearing wall between two upstairs bedrooms, the only thing above the wall is the attic, which is almost empty. The question is this, a friend is doing the work, he is experienced in general reno's and currently doing odd jobs, we want to know if his advise is correct.
Since the attic is almose empty he states we do not have to support opening while he is replacing the structure with a beam and posts on the two ends of the opening. saying it will be safe to leave it open and unsupported until the new constuction is finished. We are not sure if this is the case and would like your opinion before we start the job.
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Linda and Tom

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03-07-02, 12:53 PM   #2  
What is the span that will be unsupported? That is a factor and if it is short <12' maybe the reason he said it does not need to be supported. In my opinion, it is always safer to over support than to be sorry later do to a potential sag.

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