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Old 01-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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How can u tell if the wall is low (load) bearing or not.


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What is "low bearing"?

I am not familiar with that term.

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Oh sorry, I think you mean "load bearing".

There are many different ways to tell, perhaps the best way is to see if any of the ceiling joist break over the wall in question.

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Tell us more about this wall and where it is in the house---
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I have a bonus room, bed room and bath room that run parallel to each other on the right side of house . I want to open the wall between bonus room and bed room. The move my bathroom wall over three feet and ad a walk in closet.
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Is the bonus room part of an open attic space? Most often that would be a load bearing wall---but not all the time---Photos will help---also---if you have a skilled carpenter friend (a framer who has built houses) have his over to look---

You really need to get a knowledgeable person to look at the structure---Mike---
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This is a very common question on this forum, i.e. how do I know if a wall is load bearing. Definition of a load bearing wall is any wall that carries more than its own weight. You need to check the top of the wall to see if there is any load coming down onto the wall from above. This could come from floor joists, another wall above, or attic framing members. In some cases, you need to take off the drywall to see what is going on, in other cases you can see from above. In rare cases, you will have accurate framing plans and can tell from them.

You may need to hire a professional, possibly a carpenter, an engineer, or perhaps an architect, as it can sometimes be very difficult to determine if a wall carries load. The worst possible technique is to remove the wall first, then observe if the house falls down. I recommend against that method. Seriously, relocation, removal or alteration of a load bearing wall is an advanced DIY project, and can result in serious injury or death. It should only be done by an experienced individual, with a permit, and you need to make sure you provide adequate temporary support to the house framing during the project.
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This is a very common question on this forum, i.e. how do I know if a wall is load bearing. Definition of a load bearing wall is any wall that carries more than its own weight. You need to check the top of the wall to see if there is any load coming down onto the wall from above. This could come from floor joists, another wall above, or attic framing members. In some cases, you need to take off the drywall to see what is going on, in other cases you can see from above. In rare cases, you will have accurate framing plans and can tell from them.

You may need to hire a professional, possibly a carpenter, an engineer, or perhaps an architect, as it can sometimes be very difficult to determine if a wall carries load. The worst possible technique is to remove the wall first, then observe if the house falls down. I recommend against that method. Seriously, relocation, removal or alteration of a load bearing wall is an advanced DIY project, and can result in serious injury or death. It should only be done by an experienced individual, with a permit, and you need to make sure you provide adequate temporary support to the house framing during the project.
Very well said.

It is fairly easy to tell what walls are load bearing, if you know what to look for. If you don't know how to tell, you aren't ready to move one.

For example:

In a bungalow, the ceiling joists may be two pieces (spanning 20' lets say), overlapping in the middle about 6" or so. They will be overlapping right smack dab onto your load bearing wall. The load bearing wall should have point loads all the way to the basement, such as a metal I-beam, and support posts.

Moving a wall such as this could be a huge ordeal. I feel it is too much for a DIYer. I would recommend at least talking to an archy or engineer before going ahead with this project. And pull permits so the inspector can look over and OK the structure.

This whole post is my opinion, and only that.

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