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Old 09-26-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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attic knee walls

Are there any stipulations/requirments as to moving or placement of an attic knee wall. I am planning on moving the current knee wall back to gain more floor space but first want to make sure there is not any things to take into consideration. Most of my research I only find topics regarding sheathing on the attic side of the wall. Nothing about structure or placement of the wall. Look to see what others think.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Is there a bearing wall below the current knee-wall? What is the span of the rafters above, horizontally?What size rafters? Where are the collar ties, and how often? A few pictures would help....
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
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Many times, attic knee walls are load bearing. You need to verify this before performing any modifications. One easy way is to look at your roof rafter framing. If the rafters are cut and bear on the wall, it's load bearing. You might also see an overlap with the rafters bearing on the knee wall at this point which would also suggest that it's load bearing. A picture here would be worth a 1000 words.
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