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Old 11-25-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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Basement stair support posts


I was just looking for some insight to find out if these two posts at the bottom of my stairs are supporting.

I know it all depends, but typically where would they need to be?




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Old 11-25-2010, 09:13 PM   #2
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The near one appears to be load bearing, carrying what weight is on (what looks like) that header to the right of it. When you take out a floor joist to insert a stairway, someone has to carry what load that missing floor joist can not. Hence, the header and post. Do you want to move it?

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Old 11-25-2010, 09:17 PM   #3
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There is only about 3 feet worth of house in front of the stairs till the brick wall. above this is my front door and entry way, directly above being a closet.


They just look like cheapy 1x4s laminitaed and nailed together.

I'd like to maybe eliminate this to have a more open feel.

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Old 11-26-2010, 12:36 AM   #4
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It now appears that the blocking transfers the load from the "missing" floor joists to neighboring, double joists, so I don't see what the posts are really doing. Still, I'd sure get the opinion of a good builder, who can get the whole situation in his/her sights. Let us know what you find out. j
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:33 AM   #5
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There's likely a round, steel column there and someone boxed it in with 1X's for appearance sake....
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