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Old 10-12-2007, 12:10 AM   #1
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Been in my house for about 13 years, unfortunately the basement has become a catch all. Well I'm finally going to try and redo it. I want to add a bathroom, bar, entertainment area and try to open it up. I have done quite a few projects but I am sure I will be on here quite a bit for this one.
For starters I am wanting to open it up. I need to move the wall running down the center. It IS a 2x6 load bearing wall. How do you calculate how many supports you would use and what size header for ample support?
Oops sorry, the space that I am working with is approx 30'x 45'.
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:19 AM   #2
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You should contact a structural engineer about the wall. When you go to pull the permits for the job, you will need engineer-stamped drawings for how you intend to deal with the wall, for the electrical, and for the plumbing in the bathroom and bar. The engineer will be money well spent.
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:21 PM   #3
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Baiscally it depends on the length of the wall. send_it_all is right, contact a structural engineer and they will tell you exactly what size beam and where supports need to go. something like that you defiantly do not want to mess with. If you pull permits the inspector will want stamped drawings and if you don't pull permits then it could seriously damage the rest of your house. Good luck..........
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:06 PM   #4
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I wouldn't want to touch a load bearing wall in the basement... as you are talking about a lot of load here.... I would imagine it will be very costly to modify it and the goveronment will be extra care when you touch it....
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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Thanx for all the input, I am rethinking the floor plan! I'll get 'er done!
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:03 AM   #6
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I replaced mine last year .... had a 2x4 load bearing wall spanned 10' I replaced the top plate of the wall with a steel "I" beam under the existing beam.

BUT ... absolutely consider calling a structural enginner for the job !
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:26 PM   #7
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Thanx for all the input, I am rethinking the floor plan! I'll get 'er done!
yeah, dont touch the wall jsut build around it or incorporate it into the design. I finished my basement last year and had to be creative. I swear the homebuilder designed the plumbing, hvac, sump, etc for the sole purpose of preventing a nicely designed room

Use the wall as one of your bathroom walls or use it to back the bar
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