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Old 03-05-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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Hi Guys and Gals, I've been a lurker here for quite a while and figured now would be a good time to join and ask a question!

I have a U shaped kitchen and would like to remove the interior wall in order to make an L shape kitchen open to the family room etc.

Above this wall is the attic rafters running parallel to the wall which is a good sign to start. The rafters in the attic are 2x6 and span 19FT across the exterior walls.

I have some pictures however I need 5 posts to post links! It's coming soon

Any opinions would be great!

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:18 PM   #2
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Here is the pics!


Here is a picture of the wall to remove... Only interior wall in the picture.


Here is a picture directly above in the attic of the rafters...


Here is a picture directly below the above picture with the same vantage point so we can see how the wall relates to the above attic...


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Old 03-06-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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It's a VERY safe bet that the wall you want to remove is structural.

Don't do ANYTHING without having a qualified engineer ON SITE to evaluate the load and suggest approaches (beams etc) than might allow you to do what you want.
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Are you sure you mean that the attic "rafters" are parallel to the wall, or do you mean the attic floor joists are parallel to the wall? The rafters are probably irrelevant to this problem, the question is whether the attic floor is being supported by the wall. By the way, I cannot tell from your photo what wall you are thinking of removing, maybe put an arrow on the picture?
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Yea that's what I meant. The attic Floor joists are parallel to the wall.

The wall that will be removed is the wall that the Fridge is on. It appears the people who owned it before me removed the other half just judging from the ceiling patch...
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Let me share a personal experience.

When I was doing my kitchen remodel 8 years ago, I wanted to remove a soffit so that I could install taller cabinets. I took down the soffit I discovered that a portion of it enclosed a waste from an upstairs bath. I had some ideas about re-routing it and so did my plumber. Both ideas involved cutting through some joists. However, before we did anything I decided to call in a structural engineer. He rejected our plan because it would have comprised structural integrity and he gave us specific instructions on what to cut and how to bolster the modified area. Right down to what type of fasteners to use. Had I not called him in AND followed his advice who knows where my kitchen ceiling would be (perhaps on the kitchen floor.) I'm not an engineer, but I try to be smart about approaching things. Seriously, contact an engineer first, why take the risk.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #7
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Looks like you have trusses? Is that right? Crawl up in the attic where the wall is and look how it is attached. Is it attached to the bottom ceiling joist is there 2x4 cross pieces in between floor joist? Look in the basement is there a wall, beam or post under wall?

Looks to be not load bearing but you can never be too cautious.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:11 AM   #8
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Yea its a trussed roof. I will look at how its attached when I get home which should get us a better idea about the wall.

In the basement there is a beam near under the wall however the floor joists on the main floor run perpendicular and are sistered above the beam. So I don't believe the beam has anything to do with the wall but rather the joist span of the above floor.

For the other DIY'er I will be getting an engineer in to confirm, however if I don't research this first what's the point of paying someone 200$ to say absolutely not at a quick look. Easier to get some opinions and if it looks reasonable then pay for the expert.

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Definitely research first. Good Luck and let us know how you make out!

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