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Old 12-04-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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Removing wall under a load bearing beam.


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I'm looking to remove the wall below the beam in the attached photos. There are 4x4 posts on both ends supporting the beam. This is an interior wall, the right side adjacent to an exterior wall. Also, this wall is on the first floor of my 2 story house. Can I safely remove the 2x4 framing and the parallel 2x4 directly below the beam?


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Everything else aside, that diagonal brace my be there for a specific structural propose. Do you have the original plans? Do they specify the brace?
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Unfortunately, I don't have the original plans. The wall is running north and south. I live in Southern California. I believe the brace is for sheer... wind or quakes... maybe.

Also I forgot to add that the adjacent exterior wall on the right side is now an interior wall. There was a addition a single story room addition added long ago. So I believe that would possibly negate need for that brace.

Lastly, I will be adding sheer brace on a parallel exterior wall I will be closing up after removing a patio door.

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You can hide the whole beam in the ceiling if you know what you're doing. Is there any reason you just want to remove the studs? You'd still have to replace the beam with a sturdier one
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Right, I'm removing all of the 2x4 studs. I'm leaving the beam in place. Do you think I need a sturdier beam?
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Right, I'm removing all of the 2x4 studs. I'm leaving the beam in place. Do you think I need a sturdier beam?
How can anyone possibly answer this because no one including yourself knows what this beam is supporting above?
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Between the let in brace and all of the electrical drilled up through the beam nobody here or on any other website can answer your question. You need to have a Structural Engineer look at it.
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Thanks for the replies.
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Right, I'm removing all of the 2x4 studs. I'm leaving the beam in place. Do you think I need a sturdier beam?
Did you really read anyone's response?
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Of course I did. I'm going with the advice of seeking a structural engineer. Since, it's the only way I can get a definitive answer.
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Joe, KFRon and Joe Carola are right. You need to consult a structural engineer before you tear into that wall.
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Anyone know of a good structural engineer in Woodland Hills, CA?

Thanks for the advice.
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Of course I did. I'm going with the advice of seeking a structural engineer. Since, it's the only way I can get a definitive answer.
OK. Good
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Anyone know of a good structural engineer in Woodland Hills, CA?

Thanks for the advice.
You might try a large local building supplier. Here they offer that service. Not sure they are employees of the supplier or just engineers they know, but it might be a good place to start.
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Jeozer,
I also live is So. Cal.. When I added a patio cover to my house I went to the city and talked to the engineer in planning. He helped me with load calculations and lumber sizing. You may want to start with your city planning department.
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