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Old 05-17-2018, 07:11 PM   #1
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Another load bearing wall question


Hello,

Similar to others, just purchased a home and want to tear down a wall. I already think that the wall is load bearing, but wanted a second opinion.

It is a single wall in my kitchen. Directly underneath this wall in the basement is a beam. The wall has 3 2x4 indicating its supporting the floor above.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:35 PM   #2
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A single wall end will always have tow studs on the end and the third could be just where the layout put one. That said the beam below does indicate at least the floor is supported on the beam.
Which way do the ceiling joists go above this wall, what is directly above this wall another floor, attic space??
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I do not know which way they go because the ceiling is finished. The floor above is another room. It is a two story house
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Usually floor joists go in the direction as rafters. No guarantees though.
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I do not know which way they go because the ceiling is finished. The floor above is another room. It is a two story house
So most times the joist go in the same direction and if the floors are same size we could expect that floor is also being supported as well as other stuff above that.
So I think it is safe to consider it to be a load bearing wall. Changing it out for a beam, best would be to put the posts directly above the posts below.
A beam the same length could just be the same size as the lower and the posts are already carrying the load and non of that would change.
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I'd assume it's a load bearing wall. If you want to be sure though I'd recommend you call a contractor and get his opinion. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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