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I am looking for some feedback from the helpful folks on here. I am wondering if I can remove a few studs from the left of this wall to open up the stairway a little bit to allow for furniture etc. to be brought down into the basement. It runs parallel to the floor joists and is below a double joist, so I think I’m okay to do so, but was looking for a few more opinions! Thanks in advance! PS. That doubled 2x4 with the light switch was my doing, it was a single stud prior
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I have the same exact situation. The double joist is the load bearing bean - the support beam. I also removed most of that wall - you can see on the picture how far to the left it used to go. To be sure, I suggest simply look at the blueprints. If it is loadbearing then the blueprints will clearly indicate it.
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Gotcha, yeah unfortunately I don’t have access to the blueprints. Your situation is a little different, in that you have a support post where your wall was removed. My wall is in the middle between the two supports (the exterior wall and the middle post). As the good ol physics says, the longer the distance away the force is applied from the supports the more downward force, so that’s why I was concerned lol
 

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I have the same exact situation. The double joist is the load bearing bean - the support beam. I also removed most of that wall - you can see on the picture how far to the left it used to go. To be sure, I suggest simply look at the blueprints. If it is loadbearing then the blueprints will clearly indicate it. View attachment 639667
He has standard stair framing. Are your stairs as steep as they look?
 

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Double floor joist for the stairwell is load bearing, to a point. It is self supporting for the well/floor and light partition walls around/above it. Not if there is a middle of the house wall that supports the ceiling/floor joists of the space above (living space attic or second floor or roof rafters braced to it). If your house is average design, your metal i beam should be that. I think your plan works except the hole drilled through it for pvc pipe and maybe you can reinforce the spot with metal bracing. It is close to the foundation, but i don't know the rules for the load bearing beams.
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Just fyi, if you raise the landing one riser and add couple more stairs, a turn, more landing space. What the headroom will allow, which is 6'8", i think, verify. I think the opening you have is enough for any small furniture or such. With me, it was the laundry basket, so landing wasn't as convenient as the wider feel turning space. If more stairs, you'll need to extend the handrail that turns down also. The handrail does not have to be one piece. Can be separate pieces but spaced no more than 1/4". In nj and passed the inspection with home made handrail. It just needs to be continuous.
 
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