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Old 10-24-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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I have what appears to be a load bearing wall in my basement. It is on one side of my basement stairwell and sits directly below a double floor joist. This floor joist however is also supported on one end by the concrete foundation wall and by a know load bearing wall on the other end. The wall in question has double top plate as well. Above this is the main level stair well, which is positioned in the same orientation of as the basement stair. I'm only looking to remove about a 1/3 of the wall to open upon the stair to my basement. Does anyone see an issue with this? Thanks!

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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theres a good chance a engineer should be consulted, if the wall is bearing its supporting the double joist for the stairwall opening but also the wall that supports the stringers for the main floor stairwell.. without seeing it though cant really judge it properly
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The staircase framing will usually be enough to support the loads. The walls can then be removed without issue.
Checking this would be a good idea in case additional loads were applied.
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Thanks for the input guys. See picture. I'm plan on removing studs #1-3 in the picture. However I'm effectivly only removing 2 studs as stud #3 is not even touching the top plate.
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It doesn't look like a bearing wall to me. If in doubt, you could just throw a header in the wall.

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