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Old 08-13-2007, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hi Again. You'll get used to seeing my name pop up a lot. Tons of questions for those of you in the "know." You guys are great, btw.

Okay, my questions. I've got this partition wall separating my kitchen and dining room. I want to cut through the studs and put in a breakfast counter. (I've posted on that before. Not my question.)

There used to be duct work running up to the 2nd floor, and I'd like to tie the wall together and support from below before starting work on the counter.

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Here's where the partition wall ties in to the 2nd floor. Notice the space between the last stud on the right and the chimney.
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Here's what you see looking down into the basement ... through the former opening for the duct work.

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Old 08-13-2007, 08:26 PM   #2
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I'm getting ready to insulate the walls, and I'd like to do the under side of the stair cases too. Why? The first floor stairs get cold air from below by a side entry door to the house.

The attic stairs get cold air from, ... uh, ... yeah.... the attic. So I'd like to keep the warm air from going up through the treads and risers. I was thinking of just running a 2x on either side of the stair case to give me something to secure the insulation. I was planning on just stapling the vapor barrier to the stud on each side, and the one in the middle.

The bottom side of the first floor stairs look exactly the same. Imagine that!

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Okay, my questions. I've got this partition wall separating my kitchen and dining room. I want to cut through the studs and put in a breakfast counter. (I've posted on that before. Not my question.)

There used to be duct work running up to the 2nd floor, and I'd like to tie the wall together and support from below before starting work on the counter.

Suggestions?
With a load bearing wall like that, what's your plans to fame in our breakfast counter? What do you want to tie together? The wall to the brick? Fix the hole in the floor? I'm not real clear on what you want to accomplish.
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With a load bearing wall like that, what's your plans to fame in our breakfast counter? What do you want to tie together? The wall to the brick? Fix the hole in the floor? I'm not real clear on what you want to accomplish.
RippySkippy ... clean slate. Based on what you see in the pics, and my intentions, what's the best way to accomplish this? I'm thinking of a large beam supporting the joists on the 2nd floor, and two large posts - one by the chimney (brick) and one by the other partition wall (on the left).

If I put a post next to the chimney, there's nothing in the floor below to support it where the wall currently is. So I'd have to close up that duct opening somehow and make the floor strong enough to carry the beam and load from above. Next to the hole, the main beam runs the length of the basement. So there's something to tie into, I'm just not sure of the best way to do it.
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