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Old 08-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Help! I intend to hire a structural engineer or a good contractor for their professional opinion soon, but what do the pros out there think?

Is this a load bearing wall? I want to create a cased opening between my living and dining room as noted below. I think it's load bearing based on the way the supports line up with the wall I want to manipulate - I just wanted to get more opinions before I move ahead. Also, any type of a cost range I should look to spend getting this done by a pro in southeast Louisiana?

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That is load bearing.

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That is load bearing.

Oh yeah...I dare you to prove otherwise....

To the OP, might be time to get an engineer out there.
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Oh yeah...I dare you to prove otherwise....

To the OP, might be time to get an engineer out there.
Well I think it has to be load bearing. In any case, I checked out the IBC span tables and if I want a 5 foot opening, looks like I need 2 8x10s with 2 jack studs on each end. I'm not going to do it myself anyway, but knowing this, any price range to assume so I don't get screwed over?
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No one here is going to be guessing a price. Get more then one price and you'll know what a fair price is.
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No one here is going to be guessing a price. Get more then one price and you'll know what a fair price is.
Thanks for the invaluable help. A range is what I was asking for, not a price.
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Price range depends on how carefully you define the scope of work, where you are located, how busy contractors are in your area, whether you want the contractor to pull a permit (or maybe you don't even need one), and what quality of work you are seeking. As you have not defined any of these parameters, it would be strictly a guess for anyone on this forum to offer an opinion on a price range. Possibly if you carefully define all of the parameters, someone local might have an opinion.
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Well I think it has to be load bearing. In any case, I checked out the IBC span tables and if I want a 5 foot opening, looks like I need 2 8x10s with 2 jack studs on each end. I'm not going to do it myself anyway, but knowing this, any price range to assume so I don't get screwed over?



This part always cracks me up.
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This part always cracks me up.
Beg your pardon? Which part?
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Who did that wiring

Totaly againt code to just leave it laying on top of the joist all over the place like that.
And it looks like your way under insulated.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...sulation_table

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Who did that wiring

Totaly againt code to just leave it laying on top of the joist all over the place like that.
Couldn't tell you. House built in late 50s so I've always assumed that was normal for the time.
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All the sparkys can quote the exact codes.
But the way I was told by the inspector to do it is simply run them along the lowest point of the roof (near the soffits) or run them between 2, 2 X 4's.
The reasoning is that way no one has to step on them when working in the attic.
There was no good reason for them to be all spread out like that.
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Specifically, the screwed over part.
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Hard to tell from the pics but it probably just needs a header, 2-2x10 nailed together would be plenty.
There is no floor load above so your just holding up sheetrock ceilings at that point.

Is the house on a slab or a basement?
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Hard to tell from the pics but it probably just needs a header, 2-2x10 nailed together would be plenty.
There is no floor load above so your just holding up sheetrock ceilings at that point.

Is the house on a slab or a basement?
Slab.

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