Is t load bearing?

Old 03-10-08, 06:34 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Is t load bearing?

How can you tell if a wall is load bearing? I want to knock out the wall and make my kitchen/dining area one room with an island. However, I don't want the roof to cave in either!
Old 03-10-08, 06:57 PM
mikeTN's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Nashville
Posts: 635
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts

first, go into the attic and check the rafters and ceiling joists to determine if you have these or trusses. if the wall runs at a 90 degree angle to the ceiling joists, and you DO HAVE ceiling joists, it is probably a supporting wall, if it is in the middle of the house. with trusses it most likely will NOT be a supporting wall, especially if the trusses go from one side of the house to the other. don't know what your house looks like, just guessing a ranch style. even if it is a supporting wall, you can build a header of sufficient strength and place it in the wall and create a larger opening(maybe not the whole wall). good luck. post back and let us know what you find.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: