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Load Bearing Wall??


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05-31-03, 03:02 PM   #1  
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Load Bearing Wall??

HELLO,
I WANT TO PARTIALLY REMOVED A WALL THAT DIVIDES MY KITCHEN AND MY LIVING ROOM. MY QUESTION IS,
HOW CAN I TELL IF THIS WALL IS A LOAD BEARING WALL??

THANKS!!

 
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05-31-03, 03:58 PM   #2  
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Load Bearing Wall??

if the wll runs at a right angle to the ceiling joists it bears a load

 
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05-31-03, 09:32 PM   #3  
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SORRY! I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR MEAN!!

 
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06-01-03, 12:52 PM   #4  
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Do you know which direction the joists above span? If the joists are perpendicular to the wall, it is likely a load bearing wall. Are there supports, or a beam spanning parallel to the wall in the basement below? If you cannot tell, you may want to ask a contractor or engineer to take a look and, if it is a load bearing wall, they can also give you the proper header size required and replcement procedures. In the contractor's case, you may have trouble getting this information without paying him/her to do the actual work.

 
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