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Old 06-06-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I must say, I love this forum!

Anyway, I need some advice before I go on and do something stupid. I want to open up old closet in the basement I'm converting.

I would like to figure out if the wall is load bearing.

This is the closet: http://i.imgur.com/R2OADh.jpg

To the right of the closet is the door to the laundry room. This is what it looks like: http://i.imgur.com/kRNxRh.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/0x2M2h.jpg

The ceiling joists are parallel to the wall. And I only want to open it a few inches on each side. What do you think?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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A bearing wall would not run parallel to your joists,so I think you are good to go.

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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I also noticed that you have a vinyl dryer exhaust duct, I would replace that with a rigid metal and I would do it yesterday
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I also noticed that you have a vinyl dryer exhaust duct, I would replace that with a rigid metal and I would do it yesterday
Thanks! For some reason it comes out of the dryer as one of those flexible metal ones, then vinyl, then what you see on the pic. I'll change it asap.
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A bearing wall would not run parallel to your joists,so I think you are good to go.
That's not true at all! I've framed many houses and additions where a parallel wall can be a bearing wall support a bearing wall or roof above. You obviously haven't framed much to make a statement like that.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #6
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in the area where you took the 2nd and 3rd pics hop on a step ladder and point a flashlight up in the joist cavity and shine it back toward the wall you want to remodel. if there is anything heavy sitting on it you will see.also, it looks like the joists land around the wall and not on it, with the flashlight you should see blocking that goes from one joist to the other joist and the top of the wall ties into that blocking.
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I have never seen a parallel bearing wall in a basement before, I have been renovating for 15 years , perhaps I will see one in the next 15 years
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I have never seen a parallel bearing wall in a basement before, I have been renovating for 15 years , perhaps I will see one in the next 15 years

I've seen them added in ( by me!)to handle new loads for multiple floors above along with footings of course.

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