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Old 08-25-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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Will a building inspector tell me if a wall is load bearing?


Or will he just tell me to have a structural engineer look at it?

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Or will he just tell me to have a structural engineer look at it?
I don't know why he would take on the liability.

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I don't know why he would take on the liability.
Guess I just wasn't sure what his role / training was. You'd think he'd need some kind of background in engineering, otherwise how would he know what to pass?
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Guess I just wasn't sure what his role / training was. You'd think he'd need some kind of background in engineering, otherwise how would he know what to pass?
He inspects what he sees to make sure it satisfies the building code and looks at the approved plans if he has any questions.
There are inspectors on the site. Hopefully they'll give their take on the subject.
A local contractor should be able to tell you. If you want to take some photos of the room, maybe we can help.
Is the wall parallel to the ridge line?
Parallel to the main beam in the basement?
Do the ceiling joists rest on the wall?
Do the joist in the basement and in the attic run in the same direction?
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Will a building inspector tell me if a wall is load bearing?


I would be surprised if an inspector would tell you if it was a load bearing that is not his job, but if you want to get on the bad side of one just call him out to have a look. Calling a contractor would be much better being that is what they do.
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