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Old 04-08-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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I wanted to increase the opening of my closet so I could use the space better. I did some reading because I wasn't sure if it was a load bearing wall. I live in a cape cod built in 1940. The closet opening is in a wall that runs parallel to the roof and floor joists below. I realize I'm dealing with "generalizations" and many sites just tell you to contact an engineer. I thought that if I removed the drywall/plaster, I would have a better idea. When I did this, it looks as if there's a header, but it looks like they used it for hanging a sliding closet door because of the two little pieces of hardware stuck in between.

I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that I can remove the center stud. Any advice or suggestions?
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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If the ceilng joists are resting on this wall, it's probably load bearing. If not, it's not load bearing.
In either case you can remove the stud. What you did would be based on the load.
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Since you say the ceiling joists run parallel to the header and I see a single 2x4 jack stud I would assume this is not a load bearing wall. However, like the others say, contact an engineer for your own safety
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