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KarlJay 01-05-2011 07:17 AM

Replacing load bearing wall
I need to replace a load bearing internal wall. It had a wall furnace in it and is actually cut thru where the vent went into the attic.
The wall is 10' long and has about 5' walk way.
I was thinking of doing this:
- use 4x4's on both ends as temp supports
- then tear out the 2x4's
- build the header
- build the supports and leave the 4x4's on the end

My concern is two things
- the cut in top for the furnace vent as it's 4" from the end of the wall
- no real support in the middle of the wall while I'm building the new supports

Above the wall is the ceiling joist the run perpendicular (90deg) to the wall, so I could put temp bracing on each side of the wall, put up the wall and remove the temp bracing.

Also, the new furnace is going on the side of the wall, not thru the wall so as to not cut thru the header.

pyper 01-05-2011 12:35 PM

You absolutely must built temporary walls on both sides.

KarlJay 01-05-2011 03:17 PM

Thanks, that's what I was thinking. Last thing I need if for this to fall down.

cocobolo 01-05-2011 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by KarlJay (Post 563485)
Thanks, that's what I was thinking. Last thing I need if for this to fall down.

In case you need any reinforcement, the man is exactly right. All you need to do is to leave yourself enough room to get at the replacement wall/beam structure and you'll be just fine.

glkirk 12-27-2013 03:44 PM

Don't forget to ensure your jack/point loads are transferred and blocked appropriately all the way to footing.

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