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iqkhn 04-02-2009 10:28 PM

Moving Load Bearing wall in Basement
I have a 3 floor house. I want to move a load bearing wall around 6 - 8 ft, that is currently approx. in the centre of my basement. For structural integrity, I would leave one column where my existing LB wall is.
I would appreciate if some could advise if it is feasible.

Thank you

Gary in WA 04-02-2009 11:44 PM

Anyone can answer this but not everyone will. You really need to hire a structural engineer or a contractor. (Who will pay an engineer). The liability involved is family members. Be safe, GBAR ( A column is a vertical support)

Just Bill 04-03-2009 06:09 AM

There are normally beams with intermediate supporting posts in basements, not usually supporting walls. But what GBAR said, have someone that knows and can see firsthand, have a looksee.

bjbatlanta 04-04-2009 05:52 PM

If your floor joists for the floor above terminate (from opposite directions) on top of this wall, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT REMOVE THE WALL!. If there's a bond timber with the joists notched or held by joist hangers, you may be able to remove the wall, but extra columns will likely be necessary. A picture would help, but GET A PROFESSIONAL OPINION as outlined above!!

Ron6519 04-05-2009 04:53 PM

How do you know this is a bearing wall? It would help if you provided photos of the area in question.
I live on Long Island ,NY. There are no bearing walls in any of the houses I've worked in. The weight is carried by a center beam supported by metal posts that span the basement.

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