Hole in Load Bearing Wall

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Old 05-29-02, 06:21 AM
stephaniec617
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Hole in Load Bearing Wall

I have a load bearing wall in between my living room and family room. I'd like to cut an opening in the center to open it up some between the rooms. The wall is about 10 feet.

How big of a hole can I cut w/o adding additional support. If I need additional support, how much and how far apart?

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Old 05-29-02, 10:14 AM
bungalow jeff
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Assuming you clear all wiring and mechanicals, you caan always open up the space between two studs, giving you a 14" clear width. I would not advise doing this to every stud bay however.
 
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Old 05-29-02, 12:24 PM
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Okay - I was looking to create an opening more than 14" wide - so basically, if I want a larger opening, I am stuck with columns or some other support every 14".
 
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Old 05-29-02, 09:41 PM
bungalow jeff
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Or frame in a header like any opening in a load bearing wall.
 
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Old 05-30-02, 09:06 AM
Davef15
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theoritically, you can remove the entire wall - but, you have to have a header. The wider the opening the stronger the header has to be.
 
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