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Old 02-17-2018, 09:49 AM   #1
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I have engineered trusses that run front to back in my house. The total distance from front to back is 24'. There is a center wall between the kitchen and living room that we want to remove. This wall is sitting under a splice in the bottom chord of the truss. The splice is there by design and has the proper mending plates. I am thinking that this center wall maybe slightly bearing because of this splice and by removing it will cause deflection in the bottom cord of the truss causing the drywall to crack. Has anyone had any success in properly removing this wall without causing deflection? I was thinking of possibly running a beam across the top of the bottom cord and then fastening the bottom cord to the beam. I am also open to other ideas. Thank you in advance!
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Would a post under the area interfere with your plans?

Maybe twin columns on both sides a few feet apart.


It's best to consult a structural engineer, before taking out any wall, just to be safe.


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Old 02-17-2018, 10:00 AM   #3
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Thanks, Ed.
We are thinking of that as a solution, but would love to have this area wide open. I would definitely need a structural engineer do some drawings before I pulled permits.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:29 AM   #4
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Your idea may work.... but trusses are really complicated eng issues.....and you are correct that you'll need to consult an engineer.

You probably don't have the original truss engineering drawing and stamp.... to see if they were originally eng'd for a full unsupported span.
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Take picture or draw something and visit a truss company a tri bearing truss is easy to see for anyone with experience.
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