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Old 07-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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We are trying to figure out if a wall is load bearing or not and the proper way to frame out the doorway once we open it up. We would like to open the doorway to the middle of the smaller opening. We already have a plan for the electrical just need to figure out framing. Looking under the house we see foundation piers and large beams running parallel with this wall and the large beams running the length of the house in the ceiling do the same. Any feedback and framing suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks [/IMG]


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In order to determine if a wall is load bearing, it is necessary to examine the framing above the wall to see if the wall is supporting anything besides its own weight. Sometimes you can gain access from above (as in an attic), sometimes you can review the house plans (this is rare), and sometimes you have to drill a few small holes and examine the framing using a camera or at least use a strong light source.

In general, it is dangerous to assume anything about framing above a wall based on framing below the wall. You state that the large beam above the ceiling run parallel to the wall. If you know this for an absolute fact based on an actual examination of the beams (probably joists), then it should be clear if the wall is supporting anything above it.

If the wall is not load bearing, your header can be sized based on general framing practice in your area. You may want to talk to the local building inspector about sizing a non-load bearing header.

If the wall is load bearing, generally the replacement header is sized based on tributary loading, sometimes by an engineer or architect, and sometimes by the contractor performing the work.

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There is nothing above, no attic space, just the roof. Our entire ceiling is as the pictures show and all exposed with the larger beams that run the entire length of the house.
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demo more of the wall to get down to the bottom plate and see how it sits on the sub floor and trace that back down to make sure it is a solid pathway to allow your new doorway load points to rest on. then just cut in a header for the door opening where you want it to go. the way that roof is framed looks like it bears at the the top from the big dropped ridge beam and the rafters run to the exterior though they could have a break in the rafters over top the wall you want to cut the doorway into. most likely you can cut in your doorway no problem without needing temp bracing but really hard to say without knowing whether or not they made a break in the rafters over the wall in question.
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thanks for the feedback! Helps a lot

we do have the support below so we are in good shape.
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