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mikej 01-03-2009 11:08 AM

load bearing? I want to put in a pocket door under stairs
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I want to put in a pocket door under the stairs and want to double check to make sure the double stud is not a load bearing one. I have attached pictures. The third one support 3 is how they mounted the stairs, directly into the block. Is that correct?

Aggie67 01-03-2009 12:41 PM


I'm having a hard time figuring out what I'm looking at. Is there any way you can take more pics and post them? At first glance the framing looks a little odd.

mikej 01-03-2009 01:15 PM

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Hello Aggie,

Yes, I have them here. It is under the stairs, I have included a picture of outside. I want to put a door where the fake vent is. The top portion is the landing of the stairs. I have these up close pictures


Termite 01-03-2009 03:37 PM

The wall above the vent either supports the floor framing or it contains a beam that supports the floor framing. I can't tell from any of the pictures how the floor above the ceiling is framed.

You also need to determine what that vent is for. It is either a cold air return or a combustion air vent. Either way, it is critical that it remain.

mikej 01-03-2009 08:13 PM


The vent is not real, it is a "fake" It lead to the stairwell. That is what I went through to take the pictures

sunthas 01-03-2009 10:37 PM

you want to put in the pocket door where the vent is?

I don't see the backside of the vent in your pictures.

Termite 01-03-2009 10:46 PM

Sounds strange, but entertain me. The "fake" vent...

Does it just lead to the underside of the stairs? Does the space under the stairs communicate in any way with an unfinished part of the basement, especially one containing a furnace or water heater? A lot of vents that seem pointless serve the purpose of providing airflow into spaces that contain HVAC equipment. Lack of combustion air can cause such appliances to run inefficiently and can increase carbon monoxide production.

Just double checking to be safe. There's really no other reason I can think of that they'd put a vent there.

mikej 01-04-2009 02:55 PM

The other owner had a safe in it, it leads to no where but the stairs and is wasted space, the HVAC is on the other side of room. The floor is aprox two feet above this beam.

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