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Old 11-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Bearing Wall?

Im brand new to site so pardon any mistakes. I need help understanding if this is a bearing wall. I wanted to remove just the one side of the staircase (left wall looking down stairs) in order to open up the room. The wall in question (sheet rock removed) has a triple joist going from the outside to the main bearing wall on the left of picture. On the other wall looking down stairs there is a doubled joist. Im not going to remove that one.

THanks…If I need to post more pics or offer a better description let me know. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Poor idea to be counting on supporting wall advice on the net.
It would be best to have someone come to your site to look it over that knows what there doing, not the handy guy next door.
There has to be a reason there's a triple there.
Done wrong the rest of the home will suffer.


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Old 11-23-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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The fact that there's a header over the opening hints that the wall is load bearing. But plenty of headers have been installed where none was needed. Let's look at it from another angle. If the wall is load bearing, why a triple joist above it? By code, two would have been sufficient. So, that hints that the triple is acting as a beam and thus the wall is NOT load bearing. Because of the conflicting clues, your only safe course of action is to bring in a professional to make the call, as Joe said. Or just assume it is load bearing and scrap your plans to remove it.

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