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Old 03-18-2010, 06:22 PM   #16
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Bearing or non-bearing, that is the question. (with pictures)


I will go up there and take some measurements/ pictures. Was hoping that I didn't have to stay there for long ...

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"Several problems...2x4'as as ceiling joists do not span very far..maybe 6'"------ depends on the species, Dave. 7'2" for SPF: http://www.colonie.org/forms/building/bdspanab.pdf

"If a home owner did the ceiling & the doorways they may not have thought they needed headers" ---- Looks professional to me.

Highly unlikely the ceiling joists all run perpendicular to the rafters. Only at the attic access, as I posted before. What is the span from the rafter to the next wall PAST the red wall?

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Old 03-19-2010, 01:17 AM   #18
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"If a home owner did the ceiling & the doorways they may not have thought they needed headers" ---- Looks professional to me.
---- I am pretty sure that those walls were here since the house was built in 1985 by the builder so professional job.


Interestingly, all the ceiling joists are made with 2x4's I am not sure if it's because of the truss design ? Any possibility that the 2x4's ceiling joists are holding up by the W-shape truss, thus wall A and B are not loaded?

Gary: "What is the span from the rafter to the next wall PAST the red wall?"
-- The 2x4's on top of red wall span 8 feet, then connect to another 2x4's with metal mesh and keep going to the other end of the wall and these 2x4's are connected to the W shape truss on top.

I tried to color coded the joist/truss in the pictures so the pictures can be connected.
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A picture is worth a thousand words, you have a trussed roof system. Be sure to cut/pull any nails connecting the walls to the truss's bottom chord before demo. The angle/spacing of the strut members composing the different trusses is because of the hip roof on the end.

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Thank you so much Gary and Dave! I should have taken "big" pictures from the beginning ... just focused on the walls I want to demo

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