Originally Posted by Jackofall1
Findlay, you keep mentioning exhaust, the point you are referring to is a return air and can simply be moved the adjacent wall or use a floor mount grill.
The fact the the wall form a hallway would lead me to believe that the supporting wall is actually the one next to the one you are asking to remove.
Is the wall next to the one in question in the center of the house? above the beam in the basement? if so, then that would be your supporting wall. As fas as moving the supply duct, you could open the ceiling up to access the area where it needs to be routed to and then patch it back once it is moved.
Are there any other gems in the wall like plumbing vent piping? electrical distribution. By the looks of it, it certainly would be worth removing that wall to open up your room.
Hello Mark - thanks VERY MUCH for your response. Thanks aslo for agreeing that removing this wall would be worth it - i'll show this post to my wife...
(she is nervous about my handyman work...)
The "exhaust" is the output from the furnace and gets HOT. It goes up through to the roof. That's why I'm sure it is not returning air. There is, however, another vent which is returning - this one I can reroute.
Yes, the opposite wall has (in the basement) a big steel gurder/beam which is supported by a 6 inch pipe which runs into the earth. There is NOTHING below the the wall I wish to remove. I have made holes in the drywall and looked in between the studs and there is nothing else apart from a few electrics (third switches) which I dont need.
The only issue that is in my way now is the heat pipe UP TO the upper level of the house. I spent some time in Home Depot talking to some HVAC guy and he said that for every 90 degree turn you lose 50% air capacity/force. I'm getting some HVAC guys in this week to see what they can do to re-route this in an efficient way...
The first prize for me would be to completely remove the wall up to the ceiling and put a column around the air exhaust. Im still very nervous about the support of the way and am considering getting a structural engineer in to qualify that this wall is removable.
If I cannot do this, i will insert a beam into the wall just below the ceiling level and then leave part of the existing column on the main wall side to support it. I'll then build a column around the remaining column and moud that to the beam. May not look like the first option, but will be better than having this wasted space...
I will get back to you once I have had feedback from the HVAC guys...