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shapeshifter 03-29-2007 03:25 PM

Load Bearing Wall
Is there anyway to tell if a wall is load bearing just by looking at it? Do I need to get into the attic also?

concretemasonry 03-29-2007 04:18 PM

That is where the load comes from, so it is the only way to know for sure.

joasis 03-29-2007 04:57 PM

I have to ask, but what are you contemplating doing? Not trying to be negative, but if you are asking questions of this nature, it is a really good idea to seek professional advice from a contractor, even if you choose to take on the project yourself.

shapeshifter 03-30-2007 09:11 AM

I totally agree that this is contractor territory.

I'm asking for my own edification since I've seen a number of posts regarding load-bearing walls. So I was wondering if you can tell from looking at the wall. It is an interior wall. :yes:

cibula11 03-30-2007 09:54 AM

Its not always as simple as seeing which way the ceiling/floor joists run in comparing with the wall. I thought it was, and come to find out because of spans and such it was not. Get someone who knows to come in and assess. If you go with a contractor or someone like that they should be able to tell you at no cost.

AllGoNoShow 03-30-2007 02:26 PM

If the wall is parallel with the joists (both under and above it) then there is 95% chance it is not load bearing.

concretemasonry 03-30-2007 02:31 PM

A lot of people bet on the 5% chance if it is a money game. I think a house remodeling is a money game also.

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