cutting ceiling joists, bad idea?

Old 07-15-03, 10:09 AM
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cutting ceiling joist, bad idea?

i'm about to drywall my ceiling in my living room. my stairway is also in this area. at the bottom of the stairway is a joist that makes the stairway's height going under the joist a little less than 6 foot... i have to duck. i was wondering if i could trim this joist about 3-5 inches, in a 3' wide area and drywall a approx 45 degree angle from the 2nd joist past the stairwell to the cut joist, to the end of the stairwell... giving me a couple more inches of head room.

Of course i don't want to compromise the ceiling... can i do this safely?

Last edited by schlitz100; 07-15-03 at 10:39 AM.
Old 07-17-03, 02:00 PM
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Not enough info. What direction do the joist run relative to the stairs? What loads are above? If you are lucky, the opening may already be constructed by headering off a joist. Making the opening longer might not involve to much structural work. If the stairs run perpendicular to the rafters, it could require a lot more work. You should get at least a carpenter familiar with framing to look over what yo have.

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