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Old 07-22-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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We are doing a project in our home & are going to put a post to bear the weight on load bearing wall. Does the post need to go from floor to ceiling or can we attach the beam to existing half wall (we are making it a pony wall) thank you so much!
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Not a lot of info in your post.In general the post does need to go floor to ceiling and have something to bear on from below.
.Single story?Basement"Concrete slab?
Have you consulted an engineer?
Where are you located?
Impossible to answer your question with the info given.
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Single story, concrete slab in Orange County CA. Thank you.

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CA has some very strict building codes from what I have heard.Best to check with your building dept. who will probably make you get a permit and send you off to an engineer.Concrete slab will make it easier,maybe
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Thank you so much for your help!
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Depending on the scope of the project you may need an engineer to calculate the size of the beam and the post(s), the connections to each and the size of the existing foundation or a pad under existing foundation location plus other factors.

For a permit the city or county will want plans for sure.

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I had a really hard time understanding your post. Maybe I am tired, but you seemed to jump from a load bearing wall to a post to a beam. I could not tell what exists, what you are proposing, what you are supporting, and what the purpose of the post (column) is. Maybe a picture, and a clear description of what you have and what you want, would help considerably.
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