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Old 02-19-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Guys Im planning on opening up this stairwell into my basement and have a few questions. I do not believe the wall is load bearing however there is two 2x4's spanning the width of the stairwell that are sitting in joist hangers. I want to remove this door, as well as the the jack and king stud next to it as well as the stud to the left of that. When looking at the photo I would like to remove everything up to that support post. Those 2x4's that are nailed into the two 2x12's and have the top plate nailed to them don't seem to be supporting much and they are nailed in ther horizontally, I'm a little cautious due to that double 2x4 seen to the left of the last stud I want to remove that has the joist hanger. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I will post several pics including one of the stairwell from the first floor looking down towards that door. Thanks in advance guys.
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A closer look and I need to make a correction there are two 2x12's attached to the joist hangers not 2x4's, I'm assuming that's a header for the top load and needs to stay?
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Anyone have any advice? I'm kind of stuck here,
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From what I see that is not load bearing. Looks like the top is just attached to blocking between the joists to give them something to nail it to.

EDIT: Sorry, I thought you said you thought it was load bearing. I'm not sure what exactly you're asking. The double joist on the hanger is being carried by the perpendicular beam it is attached to.

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Looks all cosmetic to me. Hard with the pictures you posted, but I would state that you will only find out once you start taking down the drywall.

There should be a Lally column at the corner where the left edge of the doorway. But since they have a Jackstud there, it takes the place of the Lally column.

Can you get a hold of the original blueprints?
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It looks like 2x4's in between floor joist just to attach the wall too. If that is the case it is not carrying any weight.
Only thing i see is where the joist hanger is. May need to be support there.
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Unless you plan on making a landing for the steps and bringing them out the front.???????????

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