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Old 10-10-2009, 05:04 AM   #1
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How can you tell if a wall is load bearing or not, and if it is; is there a way to change my house so that just my outside walls are the load bearing walls so that I can move any of my interior walls without add i-beams or someother form of support?

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How can you tell if a wall is load bearing or not, and if it is; is there a way to change my house so that just my outside walls are the load bearing walls so that I can move any of my interior walls without add i-beams or someother form of support?
Check if any of the joists are bearing on the walls, or if any upstairs walls are supported. I have seen suspended concrete upper floors used in houses which take no support from the partition walls, but these are only on masonry walls. There are beams such as trussed purlins which can span across smaller houses without support in the middle. There are things called trussed partitions which can take the weight of the floor from above. These used to be popular in Victorian days for the ballroom below.
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One thing to bear in mind with partition walls is that even if they are not load bearing that can still add some stability to the shell of the building. This has been a problem with some of the 2 up 2 down Victorian row houses where the spine walls have been removed and replaced with RSJ's all along the street. In your case it may be a lot of work to do the work that you require. It's much easier to design the building like that as a new build than convert it later.
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