Load Bearing Wall


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Old 06-25-18, 08:31 PM
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Load Bearing Wall

We have a wall in one of our bedrooms that we want to take out but it is a load bearing wall. It was the front wall of a closet, which was about 12í long by 4í wide. The bedroom is upstairs so there is nothing above it, but there are ceiling joists that tie into the roof. I know it is load bearing because the joists in the attic that run perpendicular to the wall do not run the entire length of the room - one goes from the front of the room toward the back and ends right over this wall and the other joists are shorter and go from the back of the room to just over this wall (so those are only about 6í in length. We want to remove the closet wall (we built a new closet space into the attic that is bigger) but I donít know what size beam and studs I need to put in itís place to carry the weight of that span. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Old 06-25-18, 08:49 PM
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This usually requires an on-site engineer, not an online forum. Sorry, not what you wanted to hear, I know.
 
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Old 06-26-18, 12:01 AM
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No worries - I didnít know if there was a general rule of thumb out there that said if you have a span X feet long, you need a beam at least Y inches thick or anything like that.
 
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Old 06-26-18, 12:40 AM
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Yeah, it would be nice if it was that simple.
 
 

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