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Old 04-30-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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load bearing wall or not ??

I want to knock out my kitchen walls to open everything up a bit more. I have the blue print but have no idea how to tell which walls are load bearing and which arnt. can anyone help?
file is too big to upload so please email me if you can help and i can email you the blueprint
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if the walls are parallel to the joists then they most likely are not bearing.


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If most of the framming on your blueprint is 24" on center and this wall is 16' on center, it could be load bearing.
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Does this walls supports go all the way into the basement? The way that I understand things, if a wall on floor 1 is load bearing, then that load has to be transferred to the basement via columns or something.
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The joists dont have to be running perpendicular for it to be a load bearing wall. There could easily be a point load from a roof brace or beam in an otherwise non load bearing wall. Even stacked partition walls carry about 6psf of load which should be picked up by a double joist if the lower partition is removed. Hire a local engineer to come out and look at it if your not sure.
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