Load Bearing/Widen Doorway - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-15-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 789
Rewards Points: 558
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


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.
Attached Thumbnails
Load Bearing/Widen Doorway-photo-12-.jpg   Load Bearing/Widen Doorway-photo-13-.jpg   Load Bearing/Widen Doorway-photo-14-.jpg  

Advertisement

Mstrlucky74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,778
Rewards Points: 672
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


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.

Advertisement

joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 789
Rewards Points: 558
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


Quote:
Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
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
Mstrlucky74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 11:03 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 45
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


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.
rckkrgrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2013, 03:20 AM   #5
Professional Wood Shafter
 
ryanh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 186
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


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
ryanh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,646
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


which way do the ceiling joists run? parallel or perpendicular to the wall .
DannyT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #7
Member
 
GBrackins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,877
Rewards Points: 2,032
Default

Load Bearing/Widen Doorway


Quote:
Originally Posted by Mstrlucky74 View Post
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.

Advertisement

__________________
Gary

"You get what you pay for, and sometimes free costs more!"

Last edited by GBrackins; 03-16-2013 at 01:44 PM.
GBrackins is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Now, Square D Combo AFCI Breaker Trips Opens w/No Load Side Connections QO120CAFI mysterylectric Electrical 14 10-27-2013 03:51 PM
Load bearing wall load points KCK44 Building & Construction 6 11-05-2012 09:34 PM
Finding Load Bearing Walls Dane Hitchins Building & Construction 15 05-14-2011 11:09 AM
how to-create doorway in load bearing wall Nikkil Building & Construction 4 05-14-2011 12:31 AM
framing, expanding wall opening wall - load bearing? nave Remodeling 5 01-23-2008 04:44 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts