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?
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