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Old 09-07-2013, 02:51 AM   #1
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Interior load bearing wall

Hi everyone. Just looking for some advice. Im from Ontario, Canada and im looking to renovate my kitchen. I would like to take out 2 walls within the house but im not sure how to tell if they're load-bearing walls. My home was built in 1979 and im not aware of the building codes from that time. Whats the best way to tell if im dealing with load-bearing walls..????


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Old 09-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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Hi Ontario, Im in Ontario too.....and we are just finishing up our kitchen remodel in which we removed load bearing walls.

We crawled up into the yucky attic to see what the wall was attached to. If it isn't supporting a joist it isn't load bearing. If this wall is just floating between 2 joists - even with a few 2x4s for cross bracing - it is not load bearing.
If there is structural bracing in the attic it likely is load bearing. Or if it is directly under a joist.
Suit up and crawl into the yucky attic.


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Old 09-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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You will do well to get a skilled carpenter or an engineer in to look that over for you---

Soberjulie has the basics down right----a little looking around--and you may be able to tell if the wall removal is doable and worth investigating further---

Also look in the basement and see what utilities are inside the wall---heating ducts are expensive to move---
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Either wall might be a 'shear' wall, installed to provide lateral stiffness to the main structure (eg to allow for wind- or seismic loads). This might be so even if it is not apparently supporting anything above.
Shear walls will have continuous support under them in the basement.

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