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Old 01-04-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Can two support studs be removed in attic?


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There are two 2x4 in my attic I'd like to remove if possible. I'm just trying set up some flooring for storage. Its the only large area that can be used. The other parts of the attic have duct work or are hard to reach. They run diagonally from the studs to the joists. If I remove them can I use a different kind of support? Could I just shorten the studs that were used for support and renail them in? I've attached a picture of them. Any help would be appreciated.
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Can two support studs be removed in attic?


What type of roof does the home have?

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Can two support studs be removed in attic?


It looks like to me those were put in while they built the walls to the house, till the walls were tide in to the joists i see no problem removing them.

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It has a Mansard type roof. The top is flat with steep sides. I was thinking the 2x4 were placed during construction for support and never removed.
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That was my guess too. Look like temp wall bracing.

As long as the corners of the walls are tied in properly (overlapping top plates and L' s) you should be able to get away with it. Alternatively you could run steel cable top plate to top plate with a turnbuckle before removing.

I would read my signature and check with an Engineer though.
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