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Old 04-15-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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Removing studs under a load-bearing header (with pictures)


I am currently in the destruction phase of remodeling the kitchen in my one-story house. I have a section of wall between the kitchen and living room that I'd like to remove to replace with a peninsula.



As you can see from the pictures, I've removed everything down to the studs. My question to you all: by removing the two marked studs under the double header and moving the other double stud down 8", would that compromise the load bearing down on this header.




Here's what the final framing would look like:



This header is supporting perpendicular ceiling joists only. The roof trusses are only supported by the exterior walls.

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it appears that this beam is from one end to the other. The ones you want to remove are not at the end of the header. If so you can safely remove them.

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Old 04-15-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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Depends upon if that header was built to hold the weight across the new span
And if there is sufficient support under the bearing points to hold everything

From tables that I have seen:
With just ceiling joist above (2) 2x8's should hold for the 7' opening
Just make sure for support under the new bearing points
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Thanks for the replies, fellas. I figured with two headers across there, the weight wouldn't be a problem. Dave, the tables you're referring to, are those online somewhere?
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You should be ok if it's ONLY holding the weight of the ceiling. If it's holding more than that (2nd floor load, roof components) then you'd need to remove the header and install a LVL or even steel in an extreme situation
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This beam is not 'simply supported' so the span tables won't work. If you know the loading the sag in the middle of the unsupported span could be calculated.


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