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Old 08-27-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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Load bearing wall question


We have been discussing making a pony wall from our kitchen to living room, but right now its a full wall. Our home was built in 1981 and the roof is built with trusses. The wall we want to remove runs perpendicular to the trusses and the wall we want to remove runs parallel with the floor joists.

Since the wall runs parallel with the floor joists it is making me think that this IS NOT a load bearing wall, since the base of the wall could just be sitting on just the 3/4" sub floor?

Can some others chime in on this?
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You have two things going for you. The fact that you have trusses normally indicates that interior walls are not loadbearing. The fact that the wall runs parallel to floor joists is also another good indicator. However without actually looking at the situation it's almost impossible for anybody here to give you a definite answer. Might be worth your time to just have a contractor stop by and take a look at it. As long as it can be determined that the wall is not loadbearing you won't need to involve a structural engineer.
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