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I'm investigating cutting an access panel to get under this enclosed porch to give access for termite treatment, if this is not an obviously bad idea.

If it was just a veneer wall, I'm under the impression I could just shove a steel lintel above the proposed cutout and cut the bricks out below and be fine.

But since the bricks are exposed as the wall on the inside of the enclosed porch, I take it that the brick wall itself is holding the load of the roof/ceiling up, which I guess means that the brick below floor level are load bearing?

Would the (presumably) former concrete porch that can be seen extruding from the bricks be enough support above a removed access panel, or is there no way to know without knowing whats inside?

Between the house-proper and the porch, there's a small hole to peek in, but it only shows that there is a separate brick wall supporting the bottom of the porch floor separate from the old brick veneer wall of the house-proper.
 

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Do you know how many wythes of bricks are there? It sounds like 2 but I don’t see any row locks.
 

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I think you would find it full of dirt and the dirt id the support for the slab.

That is the cheapest they could do when they built it.
Drill a hole, put in a bore camera for a look see.
 
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