Removing or squaring off achways

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Old 08-14-17, 07:26 PM
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Removing or squaring off achways

We have two archways leading into our living room that look like this:

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The walls run perpendicular to each other so I assume one is load bearing. My question is whether the archway itself is ever load bearing. In other words, if I remove the drywall and see a square frame around the arch, can I simply remove the arch or do I need to have an engineer come in to be sure?

Essentially, I'd like to do what the guy in this video does (skip first 15 seconds of video..) but want to insure it's safe to do so. It is as easy as this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXOFgp0ggBA Thanks
 
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Old 08-15-17, 02:35 AM
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Obviously there is a bit more to it than was shown on the video but yes, that IS pretty much the way it works. If the wall is load bearing it will have the proper framing including header as well as jack and king studs already in place.

For the record, I detest archways in modern houses.
 
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