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Old 03-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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our footings extend beyond our centre basement bearing wall(about 2"), is it ok to remove a portion of the footing measuring 2"w x 1 1/2 " d x 10ft long.This would allow installing baseboards.Tks.

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Maybe.....

do you have pics?
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Yes...as long as you leave the 3 or 5-1/2" under the wall.
It's just a curb to control toxic chemical spills and water, although we just box them out when we trim.
Except: If there's a curb on the house wall, leave it alone (it's code)
Keeps flammables (gas) from seeping into or under your house.

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Is it part of the footing? It would be unusual to be able to see the footing in the basement unless it is a monolithic slab pour (even then, unusual).

My guess would be (and without pics its just a guess) is that the center of the house bears on steel with a post or two. The "Center Bearing Wall" is just a partition and the "footer" was formed as part of the slab pour and is not structural.

It is there for the reason Titanoman pointed out.
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Thanks everyone for you replies.. our house was built in 1978, so its not built by todays standards. that why we are concerned about removing part of the wall footing.. its an 8 inch footing sitting above the basement floor. Our wall is 6 inches wide so their is that awful 2 inches of footing exposed, making it difficutt to put on proper mouldings... with the extra info, are you answers still the same.. let me know, appreciate you input ..jecuec
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Generally your footing will not be visible from inside the home (some pics would help).

If it's not a footing then what is it? Until we know we can't say for certain if it is safe to remove some of it.

Options:

1: Some kind of weird inverted slab/footing

2: The real footing with the top left exposed

3: A non-structural curb for flammable/toxic gas codes

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