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Old 03-26-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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2 Story home load bearing walls?

We are moving into a home that needs major renovation mostly cosmetic just a lot of it. I want to cut an opening into a wall in the dinning room. It is not a exterior wall but it is on the lower level. How do I determine if it is load bearing and if I can cut into it?
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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You can get engineer or builder to come take a look at it.
Not something you want to trust strangers that have never even see the house decide.
Remove the wrong wall and it will effect the rest of the house.

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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joe is spot on ..... unless you plan on doing all the bracing, cutting and framing yourself it is best to have someone knowledge to do the work. depending on where you are located it probably will require a building permit

as joe said making a mistake at removing a load bearing wall can lead to a lot more issues

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Originally Posted by TRBORGMEYER View Post
How do I determine if it is load bearing...
Go down to the basement, find the support columns, beams and floor joists.
Calculate which of these this interior wall "stacks" over top of.
If the wall is right over top of the beam and columns...

...and if I can cut into it?
Not "if"... how.
Getting that right will take a while to be sure all the bases are covered
and how expensive it will be to complete.
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