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Identifying a load bearing wall


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09-10-04, 07:26 PM   #1  
Identifying a load bearing wall

I've been building a new closet into my bedroom, and just started knocking down the old closet.

I tore down the drywall, and noticed a double top-plate in the lumber behind the drywall. Here's a photo of the top-plate:

http://www.antunkarlovac.com/stuff/double_top_plate.jpg

... and here's a picture of teh wall itself:

http://www.antunkarlovac.com/stuff/is_load_bearing.jpg

All along I though that this must be a partition wall, since the way it's laid out looks like an afterthought.

Is there any way I could tell for sure if this is load bearing? If it is, what are my options?

Thanks in advance,

Antun

 
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09-11-04, 04:15 AM   #2  
In the attic, if there are horizontal framing members ending on, or joined over, are roof bracing ending on it, its a bearing wall and will require a header.

 
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09-13-04, 01:21 PM   #3  
Thanks - It turned out to be load bearing after all. I couldn't get to the attic space at first, but my neighbor (who's pretty knowledgable on construction) came round adn confirmed it. Then when I drilled into the attic space, I found the lapped beams.

My house is still standing after all.

-Antun

 
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09-13-04, 03:07 PM   #4  
Of course it is, you have only removed the wall covering, not the structure.
Do you need further assistance in installing headers or temporary support walls?

 
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