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Old 03-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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We would like to widen this doorway entry by shortening the counter. Would we have to provide the same support shown now. We would like to eliminate the vertical support(2x4's) from the counter top up. Thanks.
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What's above and below that wall? Any supports?
Look like a none supporting wall due to the single top plate and only 2 X 4 headers.

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What's above and below that wall? Any supports?
Look like a none supporting wall due to the single top plate and only 2 X 4 headers.
Below wall is 1st floor and above is the attic
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I agree with Joecaption that it certainly doesn't appear to support anything. You never know in an old house though. You may have wiring to deal with. If in doubt you can always put a header across. Judging by what you have now it would not have to be very heavy. If your attic is trussed rafters you have no worries. Have a peek.
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In the last pic it looks like it has a double top plate. To be save change to a 2x6 or greater header with proper jack/king studs on the ends and the proper support underneath the floor to support the system
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which way do the ceiling joists run? parallel or perpendicular to the wall .
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Below wall is 1st floor and above is the attic
maybe I'm confused or pinched a nerve by twisting my head to view the photos .... the kitchen is on the second floor?

some questions:

1. what is the opening length? the longer the length the deeper the header typically. which wall are you planning on the opening, the one that the ceiling joists run over or the one parallel to the ceiling joists?

2. is access to the attic above made by a scuttle, pull down stairs or fixed stair case?

3. is there a wall under the wall you want to create the larger opening in?

4. do you have a basement/crawl space or is this a slab on grade.

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