Load bearing wall question

Old 07-30-18, 11:02 AM
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Load bearing wall question


See attached picture of our basement.

I removed the pieces that don't go all the way to the floor (highlighted in red). These pieces were just holding the drywall up.
I take it this is a load bearing wall since it has 2 steel columns.
I would like to remove the section highlighted in yellow.

Safe to remove?
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Old 07-30-18, 05:29 PM
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Should be. The steel columns are supporting the load and were likely there before the wall was built. Now whether the beam is sized correctly and whether the columns are properly spaced, we cant say.
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The wall was likely built to comply with code, not for structural reasons. Code does not allow a large open area side of stairs underneath the hand rail. So, just a handrail does not meet code. To be proper the area between the hand rail and steps will need to be solid or have properly spaced balusters.

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