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910Kayaker2 02-06-2011 04:04 PM

The truth about load bearing walls
 
OK, I have a wall between my livingroom and kitchen it has a swinging door...the house was built in 1938 and has had no remodeling..I want to take down the wall with the door,:detective: the wall is only 8ft, with no electric or plumbing running in it...is it true that if the rafters in the attic run parallel with the wall and there is no header over the door, that it's NOT a weight bearing wall?

Joe Carola 02-06-2011 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by 910Kayaker2 (Post 585930)
OK, I have a wall between my livingroom and kitchen it has a swinging door...the house was built in 1938 and has had no remodeling..I want to take down the wall with the door,:detective: the wall is only 8ft, with no electric or plumbing running in it...is it true that if the rafters in the attic run parallel with the wall and there is no header over the door, that it's NOT a weight bearing wall?

No, it's not true.There could be ceiling joists on top of that wall and someone didn't put a header in. Ceiling joists and rafters don't always run the same direction. Go in your attic and see what's above the wall.

910Kayaker2 02-06-2011 08:23 PM

Load bearing wall
 
Thanks Joe, I had seen something about that online, thats why I figured I'd ask on here, the more info the better! Thanks again!:thumbsup:


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