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Old 09-15-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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Rebar in interior basement wall - is it load bearing?


I recently started demo on an interior basement wall. It is parallel with the floor trusses above so I figured it wasn't load bearing. Now that I've begun demo I've found rebar in the cement along the wall (every 20 inches or so). Around the door it's connected to 2x4's but otherwise the rebar just sits in the wall attached to nothing but the floor. Does this mean it's load bearing? Do I need to cease demo or can I cut out the rebar?

I've included a picture of the wall (it has a few holes in it). You can see it joins with a metal support beam that runs perpendicular to the floor joists.
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That looks like a wood franmed wall with drywall covering? You found rebar inside of THAT?
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Yes, it's wood framed and the rebar is coming out of the cement foundation. As far as I can tell it only comes up about 6 inches from the cement.
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I've never seen that in my career before. Perhaps it was some "shade-tree" attempt at anchoring down the bottom plate to the concrete floor?? Either way, I wouldn't worry about the rebar.........
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So the rebar is not an indication of a load-bearing wall?
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Could it be some kind of brace wall? You should know more about its history before you move it. May be a bunker.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:11 PM   #7
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Do you have photos of the wall after demo. With the rebar?
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