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Old 04-12-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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there is a decorative (must be) header separating the dining area from the living area that I would like to remove and sheetrock over. Can I do this? This is not on the centerline of the house and I looked in the attic and there is no double beam or anything near that point.


Would I just pry the side off and fill the area with a patch piece to tie the rooms together?

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Unless someone was there to look it over to figure out why it's there that knew what they were looking at I would not remove it.

Looks like an undersized header where someone open up the wall. But no way to really know without being there.

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If you're sure it serves no function, then sure! But it could be a bulkhead of some sort for plumbing or electrical work that the previous owner did the "easy way". You need to check not only the attic, but the adjacent rooms. Also, I hope you're really good at drywall mudding and texturing (?--can't tell from the pic). Sometimes these sort of things end up leaving a scar that's worse than what was previously there. Not trying to discourage you. Just saying you should think this through carefully :-)
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One way to know for sure,pry 1 side off and see what's behind it.
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It would be much less noticeable if you painted it the color of the ceiling.
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Wow. You really think someone would have replaced a load bearing wall with a 4x over that span??? My god. Lets hope not. Are joists in the roof perpendicular to that "thing"? If so, can you report their length and their spacing? Also is there ANYTHING in the attic above it...even a platform for storage?
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And the joist depth
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Wow. You really think someone would have replaced a load bearing wall with a 4x over that span??? My god. Lets hope not. Are joists in the roof perpendicular to that "thing"? If so, can you report their length and their spacing? Also is there ANYTHING in the attic above it...even a platform for storage?
Attic is empty. Roof joists are perpendicular yes. I will be up there saturday snaking some romex and will take pics and measure.
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Attic is empty. Roof joists are perpendicular yes. I will be up there saturday snaking some romex and will take pics and measure.
OK. Well, with joist length, depth and spacing (and a pic of the attic wouldn't hurt), we should be able to figure out if it's load bearing or not.
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what do you mean by depth? Height of board used?
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Yep. By example, the depth of a 2x12 joist is 12 nominal inches, 11-1/4 actual inches
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It may be there to hide the fact that one ceiling was noticeably higher than the other when (if) the wall was removed.

So if you're gonna pry it loose for a looksee, be sure not to damage it.
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hmm don't think so, ceilings are level.
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there is a decorative (must be) header separating the dining area from the living area that I would like to remove and sheetrock over. Can I do this? This is not on the centerline of the house and I looked in the attic and there is no double beam or anything near that point.

Would I just pry the side off and fill the area with a patch piece to tie the rooms together?
That is seen in many homes where that load bearing wall is removed and a beam is put it that is taller than the joists. Therefore the bottom of the beam is lower than the bottom of the ceiling. Cannot cut that out.
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That is seen in many homes where that load bearing wall is removed and a beam is put it that is taller than the joists. Therefore the bottom of the beam is lower than the bottom of the ceiling. Cannot cut that out.
That has already been ruled out: "I looked in the attic and there is no double beam or anything"

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