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Old 08-04-2015, 07:17 PM   #1
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wall removal... load bearing? interesting find


I know, yet another load bearing wall question.

I've read about every opinion out there about this, but here's my situation.

I have a ranch style house built in 1977. i am 27' exterior wall to exterior wall.

1.There are "W" style trusses in the attic with the closest "V" coming 2' away from the wall in question. (no verticals)
2.There is a 1/4" gap between trusses and wall in question. (dead giveaway in my opinion)
3.Appear to be same trusses with same nail plates over open 2 car garage.(again no brainer in my opinion.)
4.Yes, the wall is running perpendicular with the trusses and floor joists.
5.In the basement my center load bearing beam where joist lap is 2' away from the wall in question.
6.Double top plate.

Ok everything points towards not load bearing.
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Now the kicker...Why is there a 2x10 over the 4' opening that I'm trying to enlarge and take to the ceiling? it has a jack stud and king stud either side.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Pics of; attic trusses w. gang plates; wall in question; attic shot over wall. Thanks.

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Some guys put headers everywhere even where they are not needed.
If you are in doubt the best thing is to get someone in to look at it.
\An experienced carpenter could look at it for you.
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Maybe a former owner enclosed a wall.?
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All original. You can see from the original ceiling.
All the trusses are 1/4" off this wall. That all but convinces me.
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I'd be convinced after confirming who made the truss. Factory spec or home made. Even with the gap, it is possible to think (guesses) that there may be nails that are somewhat supportive. I would not want to make a guess based on what you see above the garage.
If the ceiling is 100% floating, and if the drywall is using adjusting clip or something, use the same system to finish.
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Not basing my assumption on garage. All the trusses are spaced this amount above the wall full length of house.
1 nail into the wall per trusses at an angle. Definitely not supportig

My ceiling has the electric heat in so they used plaster under that and the mesh for the plaster is bent and runs down the wall a couple inches and nailed to the wall and is still nice and uniform to this day.

This proves to me that no movement has happened between trusses and wall.

Also the previous owner is my boss who has owned it since 1986. So I know pretty well the history of the house and any modifications
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