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Old 11-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #1
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I have a few questions that I mostly know the answer to but would like to get some opinions from people that may have done this before. I have an image of the floor plan that i would like it to be, The red lines indicate load bearing walls, and load bearing posts. The North to South wall i am pretty sure dosent support anything because it runs the same was as the floor joists. Here is image.

http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/floorplan.JPG

Here is a picture of what the very top load bearing wall looks like now, The red X is the 2x4 i want to remove and the green represents the new 2x4s i need to add along with a header.

http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/IMAGE_070.jpg

Here are some other pictures of the basement with load bearing walls and not bearing wall.

http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/IMAGE_071.jpg
http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/IMAGE_072.jpg
http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/IMAGE_073.jpg
http://www.jnutt.com/pictures/home/IMAGE_074.jpg

Also does the furnace room look adequate for ventilation, I've hear that you need a certain about of ventilation. Any help on this would be great.

Now I have read a lot where any changes to load bearing walls you will need a structural engineer, does anyone have any ideas how much someone would charge to come out and tell me this is safe/not safe to do?

Main question is do you think removing the one X'ed 2x4 would work and adding a header?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 11-12-2007, 09:58 AM   #3
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This bearing wall setup looks like a mishmash. In figure 072 the steel beam looks like it's barely in the pocket. Usually the steel beam traverses the entire basement and sits in a pocket in the foundation wall. The beam is held up by concrete filled steel lolly columns every 7-8'. The lolly columns are set in concrete footings under the floor that measure 24"x24" x24". Your current setup looks like a home owner, jury rigged, modification. You can't have the house supported by a wall sitting on a 4" concrete slab. Is this the way you bought the house?
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Ron, the I beam in that image only rests about an 1'' to an 1 1/2'' on the 2x4 column. The other end of the I beam does rest in the concrete foundation wall. This is the way I bought the house, we are only the 2nd owners of the house. Also it seems to me like the building did this, there where some other walls that the previous owner put up and i tore them down, they were only secured with glue to the floor.

Is this column safe? Should there be something done about it?
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