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Old 08-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Need to move load bearing wall 2ft in kit.approx 10ft long.

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Need to move load bearing wall 2ft in kit.approx 10ft long.
So what?


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Don't now if it will effect integrity of structure
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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Don't now if it will effect integrity of structure
There are probably too many unknowns for anyone here to give a definitive answer.
For example; is the wall supporting a floor or wall above? Is it built up to the underside of roof trusses? single or double storey house? Is it a stiffening wall (that is, a wall intended to brace the structure against wind- and seismic forces, even if it doesn't appear to carry anything above).
You really need someone such as an SE to actually look at the situation so that they can give you an informed opinion.

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I would ask your building inspector. One because they love to be consulted first, and two they may know a good reasonable engineer. Either way please them and you are way ahead to start.
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Even a reputable contractor should be able to give you good advice. Most of the time, we can tell just by looking if it will be relatively easy or not. It will be even more expensive and possibly dangerous if you attempt to move it first without the proper knowledge.
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Even a reputable contractor should be able to give you good advice.
Agreed...it isn't rocket science, framing 102 maybe.

The notion that an SE should always be the first call kinda peeves me about this place.
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Engineers degrees come with a size 27 hat you think?
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Agreed...it isn't rocket science, framing 102 maybe.

The notion that an SE should always be the first call kinda peeves me about this place.
I can see your argument to a point, but how does the OP know if a contractor is reputable?

If some are short of work, they may just take chances and assume it will be OK moving it.

This is a DIY site and other posters have criticized anyone who says "get an SE in". However, whilst many of these jobs are DIY-able in terms of labour and getting materials in, sometimes it needs a qualified person to size members/specify fixings. A balance has to be struck.

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