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Old 03-16-2010, 08:07 AM   #1
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Diagonal members in a lone load bearing wall

Iím remodeling my 1910 brick two flat, but in the process of opening up the kitchen to the dinning room I noticed these diagonal members in my non load bearing wall. Having some knowledge of structures so Iím wondering to my self, could this be a shear wall (put there prevent lateral loads from toppling the building). The building is only 25' wide, should I be worried about removing these pieces
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:12 AM   #2
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Are they notched into the studs? This was a common way to construct walls. The outer wall is a bearing wall. Are you re moving the exterior siding? And while you have the wall open be sure to air seal and insulate the wall. Also sheet with 1/2" plywood to give you good blocking to fasten the cabinets. Glue and nail the plywood on a vertical which will now work to give the shear strength at the corner. Be sure to seal and fire block the floor/wall transition, and any wall ceiling transitions. IF you make a soffit you will have to seal both wall/ceiling transitions.


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Old 03-16-2010, 12:47 PM   #3
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don't worry. that steep angled 2x4 isn't the only thing keeping your whole block from going dominos during the next strong breeze

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There are some walls with diagonal braces known as trussed partitions which require no support from below, and can even hold up the floor beneath them. These were often used over the top of a ballroom where there were no supporting walls.
Fortunately yours is not one of these.
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