removing a wall


Old 04-09-02, 08:46 AM
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I am attempting to remove a wall in the middle of my house that runs between two rooms in the center of the house. The wall is below my attic which contains a small bedroom directly above. How do I support the upstairs? I was in mind to put a 4/4 beam across the area where the wall was and installing two decorative posts on each end....will that be enough?????
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Old 04-15-02, 07:45 AM
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Ms. Denise,
You may want to check out the Architecture and Codes forum. Even though your question deals with a wall, that forum tends to deal a lot with structural issues. From my own experiences with fixing the joists and girders in my crawlspace, I can say that, in general, 4x4s are useless for any kind of support work. I've got a 4x6 in place in my crawlspace, but that's sistering an existing girder AND it's spanning a very short distance, about 4 feet.

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