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No one can tell me if this is a load bearing wall or not... Help please

No one can tell me if this is a load bearing wall or not... Help please

Old 12-29-21, 10:19 AM
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No one can tell me if this is a load bearing wall or not... Help please

I'm looking for some real advice/answers. I've had three contractors out and none of them will tell me whether or not the wall I want to remove is a supporting / structural wall. Of the 3 quotes I got, all of them only quote me for the job as if it is structural and won't say if it truly is or not. After seeing the crazy quotes, I'm at a point where if it is truly structural I'll just leave it alone and put the drywall back up. If it's not I'd like to remove it myself. The home is a one and a half story Cape cod-ish style. The wall is on the 1st floor between two living rooms... The basement below is just crawl space. One of the rooms I'd like to combine with the other has a faux ceiling (not sure why they lowered it). When I took the drywall off of the wall I want to remove I found that it is actually a double framed wall.. My guess is that they did this due to an old heating system pipe that runs through it. I just want the wall out. Can anyone help? I contacted my town and county to see if there's any records or blueprints or anything and no one can help me. I cannot find a structural engineer either (very small town). House was built in 1900s.

Old 12-29-21, 12:30 PM
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A double top plate often means a bearing wall. What is directly above/below this wall?
Old 12-29-21, 12:56 PM
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What is this..... is the floor raised in another room ?
Looks like your are standing in a sunken room.
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It's hard to tell from the pictures but this looks a little like someone extended the house onto what would have been a front porch and that could account for the floor and ceiling height differences. If so, it would mean the wall you want to remove might have originally been the outside wall of the house and that would most assuredly be a weight bearing wall.
Old 12-29-21, 04:16 PM
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If 3 contractors looking at it in person couldn't tell you, we sure aren't going to be able to. Things get fuzzy in houses that have been remodeled, and joist direction doesn't tell the whole story because there could also be roof loads on those walls in addition to your drop ceiling hanging on it. That alone would mean it would need a beam just as if it was load bearing.

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Old 12-30-21, 04:35 AM
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That is some crazy wiring in that wall.

Questions like this is why architects and structural engineers are out there! Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and hire some help!
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You mentioned crawlspace. Are there any beams or supports under this wall?

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