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flyndave2002 02-21-2008 01:55 PM

Load bearing Wall?
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I have attached a picture. It's the floorplan of my house and the red lines are the trusses in the attic. It shows which wall the trusses overlap thus being load bearing. I want to remove the bathroom wall. Because of the way the trusses overlap, I don't think it's load bearing but want to get a second opinion.

redline 02-21-2008 04:06 PM

What is the total span of these trusses? (joists)

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 04:21 PM

yea sorry there not trusses... there joists... wrong term :)

The total width of the house is 22'
The span of each joist is 11.5' and connected in the middle over that wall

There are only two joists that span over that break in the load bearing wall.

The span of the two joists that are longer (over the break in the load bearing wall) are 15.5' the other side are the same span of the other joists

I just ran up to the attic to do some other mesurements. The two joists that are extended extend 2' past the wall. If you look at my drawing the joists that are extended to go over to the other wall, exted 2' past that wall...

That makes me think that the wall that the joists are extended to is the actual wall that takes the load...

redline 02-21-2008 04:26 PM

Are there any support bracing that come down from the roof rafters and transfer weight to any of these joists?

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 04:29 PM

no. attic is open and there are no braces extending down. The joists do not support anything except where the roof meets them on the edges of the house.

redline 02-21-2008 04:36 PM

Is the attic a livable space?

Are there floors up there?

Do you store heavy loads in the attic?

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 04:41 PM

There is nothing up there... Not livable and not used for storage. Just open space.

redline 02-21-2008 04:54 PM

How long is the wall that you want to remove?

How many joists are above the wall area that you want to remove?

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 05:00 PM

The wall is 6' long. has 4 joists over it. The part that is across from the break in the middle wall is 3' and has 2 joists over it (there the ones that are extended)

redline 02-21-2008 05:19 PM

You have an opening on the left of the diagram with joists overlap. Is there a header in this opening?

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 05:21 PM

Yes there is a header.

redline 02-21-2008 05:25 PM

Do you know how tall the header is?

flyndave2002 02-21-2008 05:32 PM

double 2x6

AtlanticWBConst. 02-21-2008 06:00 PM

What are the dimensions of the ceiling joists?

LawnGuyLandSparky 02-21-2008 09:17 PM

Why do you want to remove that wall?

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