load bearing wall or not

Old 12-26-10, 03:43 PM
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load bearing wall or not

hi guys this is my first post here, i live in a bungalow 30years old. i want to remove a wall but not sure if it is a load bearing wall, the wall is about 6' long and 8' in height, that wall don't run down all the way to the basement, the beams run from north to south and the wall runs east to west (wall don't run parallel to the beams) the wall dont run from one end of the house to the other (east to west) . there are 2 openings in the wall (which is in the living room) like doors, the wall is in the middle of the house and divide the living room and kitchen, but like i said doesn't run all the way tru the house, the wall i want to get rid of is in the same direction where a bedroom is

man i hope i explained myself ok, so anyhelp would be apriciated.
Old 12-27-10, 05:34 AM
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Hard to say with the information you provided but the wall being perpendicular to the beams means it could be a bearing wall

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Old 12-27-10, 01:21 PM
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It would probably also help to look at the ceiling joists above this wall. If the ceiling joists run perpendicular to this wall, for instance and break above this wall (such as 16' ceiling joists that run both directions from the wall) then this wall cannot be removed.

Examining what rests on the wall from above will help you determine if it is load bearing or not. From the sound of it, it's probably a partition wall, but you won't know for sure until you find out what's above it.
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Worst case scenario would be that it is a load bearing wall. If that's the case, you can still remove it if you replace it with structural columns under the appropriate load bearing beam.
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Two pictures required; 1. of the top of the wall in attic; 2. 8' away shot of the section to be removed.

3. Is there a double joist supporting this wall?


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