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Old 04-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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What's this beam for?


We're renovating a bathroom and found this beam hidden under a piece of metal. This was originally a large bathroom was divided to create an ensuite bathroom.

Is it possible this was the top of the original shower wall where the taps were attached? Why else would it hang lower than the drywall?

The contractor wants to cut it out and put drywall over it and it just want to make sure it's not supporting anything else.

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Well...not being there....and not having a picture....its near impossible to tell.

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Old 04-19-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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Picture attached


Sorry - thought I'd already attached the pictures. The current shower taps are on the other side of the wall where the lights are located.
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Here's the other picture


Here is the other picture.
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Need an attic picture to see if it is a beam or a top plate. 5' away....

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It looks like a nailer to me but to be safe a picture from above would be of help like Gary said.
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Not a beam because of the bent nail from above. Must be a top plate with a backer for drywall nailed to it still supporting both side of ceiling. See the nail end poking through in first pic at left side, but what if anything is above?
It was a wall, supply lines would usually come from below. Possibly have blown-in insulation above, hence the reason why it wasn't removed?

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I wonder why you're asking this here. This contractor, he doesn't know how to check this?
Either through attic access or cutting a hole in the sheetrock near that plate will tell.

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