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Old 08-14-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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Bearing Wall??


I have a project that is causing me some confusion. There is a wall between my kitchen/dining room and my living room. I would like to remove part of the wall (between the dining room and the living room). I am trying to determine if I have to worry about bearing any weight from the roof. I climbed into the attic and it is a weird set up. The wall I want to remove runs parallel to the rafters and normally I would think it doesn't bear any weight. BUT I have a board running down the left side of the attic and the rafters sit perpendicularly on top of the board. It looks like it was put there to hold some weight, but it is only supported by 3 2x4's that are spread way apart. Too far apart to hold any substantial weight (as far as I can tell).
I have two questions: 1) what is the point of the board that is held by the 3 2x4's? 2) Do I need to treat it like a bearing wall and put in a beam across the opening in the wall?
The wall is where you see the electrical box on the right of picture.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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Need someone on site that knows what there looking at to look at this one.
Last thing you want is someone on the net just guessing that may or may not know what there talking about.
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Second on site inspection.
As a guess, that mid beam may be there to take the bounce out of that rafter(s) span, but the 3 supports now put the load on ceiling joists and/or wall underneath.
Can't say what work it is doing, but can't say it is broken either.
Only way you are not going to break it is leaving a support under the 3 2x4s.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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Time for an engineer.

2x4 rafters aren't exactly great support pieces.
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