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Old 01-11-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hi all, new here and am starting some renos. What I thought was a good wall to remove now has me second guessing. Can I get your opinion??

The house is built in 1955 and is a bungalow. The wall is above a double 2x10, (as every wall in the house is) but no wall under, and on the main floor it butts into the main load bearing wall running the length of the house (which sits on cinder block wall). The wall to be removed is parallel with floor and ceiling joists.

I am trying to upload pictures, but having trouble, will work on it.

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to add - just up in the attic, and it pretty much confirms. The wall is in the middle of 2 of the rafters.

Would still like any input if there is any, thanks.

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As always pics help, but if the wall you are referring to is between rafters then it is not carrying any load.
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finally figured out how to get the pics up...

views in no order:
1 - entire wall
2- where wall meets load wall
3. from under wall in basement

as I said, it doens't look as though the wall is even under a ceiling joist, but that double 2x10 scared me. Could that just be for the weight of the wall itself?
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Hi all, new here and am starting some renos. What I thought was a good wall to remove now has me second guessing. Can I get your opinion??

The house is built in 1955 and is a bungalow. The wall is above a double 2x10, (as every wall in the house is) but no wall under, and on the main floor it butts into the main load bearing wall running the length of the house (which sits on cinder block wall). The wall to be removed is parallel with floor and ceiling joists.

I am trying to upload pictures, but having trouble, will work on it.

Thanks in advance
If the wall in question is perpendicular to a known load-bearing wall and parallel to the floor and ceiling joists, then it most likely is not a load bearing wall. For added peace of mind, you could always consult with a structural engineer. Best of luck!
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do you have access to the space above, into the attic. That would be the best place to confirm if this wall is carrying a load.

the other way to find out would be to open up some ceiling drywall.. (looking at your pictures, you will be doing some patching anyways, so a little more won't hurt). cut some drywall along the wall and check for a load on it. If it is running parallel to the ceiling joists above, then I would think that it is not bearing any load from that ceiling.

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to add - just up in the attic, and it pretty much confirms. The wall is in the middle of 2 of the rafters.

Would still like any input if there is any, thanks.
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Jack,

Yup!, pretty much skimmed right over that...

gwilliams, go for it.. hahaha

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