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Old 04-12-2015, 11:39 AM   #1
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Need help identifing if my closet is a load bearing wall


I plan is to remove a 1st floor closet wall to open up some space. I contacted some contracts before I started tearing down the inside wall of the closet and he said he was 100% sure that it was NOT a load bearing wall.

To my surprise when I tore down the drywall inside the closet I saw a header. I just want to make 100% sure that it is NOT a load bearing wall before I remove it. If it is a load bearing wall, my plan will be to move the header up and get a longer 2x6. So that I can at least move the walls out some.
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I apologize for the Crayola blueprint . The red wall is the wall in question.







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Having a header does not mean much.
Need to be looking above and below it in the attic and basement or crawl space.
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Yep--as Joe mentioned---you need to look at the load on top---is there an attic above?

Which way do the ceiling joists run?

Does that wall sit on top of the center beam of the house? bearing center wall below ?
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Yep--as Joe mentioned---you need to look at the load on top---is there an attic above?

Which way do the ceiling joists run?

Does that wall sit on top of the center beam of the house? bearing center wall below ?
After some measuring, I determined that the wall I want to remove does NOT sit on any beam. The back of the closet is the wall that is sitting on an I-Beam in the basement.

I also just tore down the ceiling drywall and found out that the joists are running with the wall.


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Sure hope you live in an area where it never ever freezes with all those over head copper pipes.
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Sure hope you live in an area where it never ever freezes with all those over head copper pipes.
We live in southeast Michigan. Those pipes are between the 1st and 2nd floors and are routed within the internal walls. I've lived here for 10+ years with no issues what so ever.
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Above the closet is another closet perpendicular to it.
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Yep---that closet wall is not load bearing--take it down---
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