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Old 01-09-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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I have a 2 Story House and I am finishing the basement. At the bottom of the stairs, there are walls on both sides that I would like to cut back one foot. One one side, there is nothing resting on top of the double 2 x 6 in the last one foot. The item that is one foot back is a floor joist that does span all the way to the main beam in the middle of the basement. On the other side, it is a similar case with nothing resting on top of the last foot, but there is a metal strap that extends up to a block that was installed between two floor joist. My question is, can I remove the last foot and double the 2x6 under the last truss?

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Call a structural engineer to assess your situation every wall effects something in the home.

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I tend to agree with epson but if you post a picture or two it might help with the assessment.
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What is directly above the one foot of wall?
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What is directly above the one foot of wall?
Nothing on one side of the stairs, the other side has a metal strap that extends up to a 2x 12 that is nailed between two trusses.
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I tend to agree with epson but if you post a picture or two it might help with the assessment.

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That section of the wall does not appear to be carrying any load.
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Never seen a steel strap holding up a wall before. Have an engineer look at it

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