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Old 03-05-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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Open Web Truss/ Load Bearing Wall Question


My townhouse was built with Top Chord Bearing Open Web Floor Trusses. They are 15' long X 11.5 deep. They are spaced out 22" from one another. I want to take out a 2' wall to open my kitchen. The wall is under one of the trusses running parallel with it. The truss does not have any vertical braces in it to make me think it was designed to be load bearing wall. Drawing attached.

My kitchen is on the second floor. The same type of trusses support it. There are no walls below it. Meaning the 1st floor is an open floor plan and there are no walls or support under the wall in question. Above the wall in question on the 3rd floor is a bedroom.

I attached pics of trusses and drew out where the wall runs below it. There is a strong back running down, so I had to take 2 pics.
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What is your question?

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I guess that is important.


I was hoping to get confirmation on my belief that this wall is not a load bearing wall.
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Typically trusses are designed to span the full width with no intermediate support, therefore it is very likely that the wall is non load bearing. However, you should CHECK with the truss manufacturer and/or designer of your house to verify this, as it is possible (although unlikely) that your house was designed to have an intermediate truss support.
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