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Kraig 04-19-2009 10:06 PM

Is this a load bearing post
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I have removed a wet bar from my house. The only thing left is a double 2x3 post. Above the post is a double 2x10 header spanning 10 feet and supported on both ends. Does this post support this header. This house is a ranch and is built with trusses. One of the 2x10's spans the whole 10' and the other one is a 4' and 6' butted together directly above the post. Can I remove this post. Thanks for your help.


Scuba_Dave 04-19-2009 10:10 PM

I've never seen a 2x3 as a post
But if they joined the 2x above the 2x posts then they made it load bearing to a certain degree
Possibly only holding the beams up & the sheetrock

James Con 04-19-2009 11:26 PM

If there are Trusses above I would say it really is not needed, Trusses are made to free span pretty long distances so a beam underneath them really is not going to do anything, Especially if the 2x3 is just resting on the sub-floor. If there was another post in the basement directly underneath the 2x3 I might think about it a little harder but from what it looks like I'd say remove it. The Beam is probably just a way they transitioned from one room to another to give the ceiling a little more style.

Ininkus 04-20-2009 06:48 AM

Don't just take our word for it, we are only guessing based on the photo...

With that said though, it looks like that was just a framed wall put in after the fact. I'd be shocked if it was load bearing.

beer_geek 04-20-2009 08:16 AM

I agree with getting an engineer just to make sure. However, you said there's a joint in the header right above the post. If you take the post away, you'll only have a single 2x10 holding up whatever that header is holding up. I'd bet that's why the post is there in the first place.

Mop in Hand 04-20-2009 10:07 AM

I'll have to agree with Ininkus and beer geek, not knowing how or why the 2 x10's were installed, removing the post may cause the 2 x's to sag under their own weight if they are split or inproperly installed at the ends. A pic of the attic at the same angle and distance would help. An on site inspection by a pro would be the best route to take.

Yoyizit 04-20-2009 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by Kraig (Post 262615)
the other one is a 4' and 6' butted together directly above the post.

It's load bearing.

James Con 04-20-2009 12:39 PM

If their are trusses above and this is a ranch what could this beam be possibly supporting?
If you ask me nothing. And a 2x10 can span more than ten feet without sag from its own weight. Forget an engineer unless you have money to burn,
If you want to be positive or your scared to pull the post just hire a contractor to do this part of your project. Pics pf the
Attic would indeed help you get some more input.

Gary in WA 04-20-2009 01:20 PM

I'd like more pictures.

1. of the 2x10 2. of the trusses 3. which way they run

I see a 5' sliding door, 6" on either side, 7-8' of brick fireplace. Measure the room.

2x10 in attic for no reason with trusses? The other room's ceiling slopes down towards the F.P. Trusses run which way? Be safe, GBAR

Mop in Hand 04-20-2009 10:27 PM

Well, James that 2 x 10 will sag if the only thing that's holding it after the post is removed is dywall tape.

James Con 04-20-2009 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by Mop in Hand (Post 263297)
Well, James that 2 x 10 will sag if the only thing that's holding it after the post is removed is dywall tape.

How can that be, it is supported at both ends and the span is only ten feet.

Kraig 04-21-2009 02:27 AM

thanks for your help
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Here is a picture of the trusses. They run perindicular to the header. The "valleys" of the truss does land on the header. All the interer walls are 2x3 and if it helps, the post doesnt fell like there is a load on it. I can flex it with little effort.

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