Opening up a load bearing wall

Old 09-01-09, 07:14 AM
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Opening up a load bearing wall


I have been looking online about opening up a load bearing wall. But all I can find is how to completely remove one. I am just trying to create a kitchen bar between my kitchen and living room. Here is a link to an image of what I am trying to do.
I wanted to know what you thought I should do about installing the support beam. This is on a ranch so there is no second floor but we do get snow. I am looking to make an 8ft opening. I don't want to tear down the whole wall I am hoping there is a way I can cut out the whole and install the beams under the existing studs. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Old 09-01-09, 10:59 AM
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So just a roof above.
1. Why is it load bearing?

2. Are the ceiling joists ending on it?

3. Is part of the roof framing bearing on it?

4. Are the floor joists under it doubled? Or a row of blocks in-line with wall below?

Be safe, G

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