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Old 11-02-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Load Bearing Walls

Have 2 bedrooms that each have a load bearing wall. Each wall is approx. 11' 4". Would like to remove the walls. What do I have to do? Would like to hae the smallest foot print on the ceiling. What is the smallest "I" beam I can use? Or is there something else? Thanks for any suggestions


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Old 11-02-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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What you propose is probably doable. No one here can give you the proper size. First step would be to consult an engineer.


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Old 11-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #3
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six is right, you need to get an engineer to come in and look at how your house is framed. there are several things to consider such as spans of the ceiling joists, wind load, snow load. how many floors above are supported

the engineer can tell you if it can or cant be done and should draw up a sketch of an exact detail as to how to restructure the framing to accomadate this alteration
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Your description of what you are trying to do is just too vague.
If you have some kind of sketch showing the locations and dimensions of the walls in question and what floor they are on and what is above them and what you need to do with the space then maybe someone here can give you a direction in which to proceed.
Many home improvements that involve a structural issue like this can be taken care of without a licensed engineer's approval.
Might be a darn good idea though.

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Old 11-04-2011, 02:43 PM   #5
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OK the length of the wall is 11' 4" width of the house is 24'. Single story house so these walls are supporting the roof rafters. Was thinking of putting a 4"X4" against the outside wall and next to the pocket door that will become the entrance to the master bedroom and some sort if "I" beam. Was really hoping not to have to do double 2"X8" header. Would look really funny I think.
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