My second question of the day.
dy bodger 35 years ago knocked most of the middle wall down between
the living and dining rooms extending an existing doorway to a 9 ft opening.
Good idea, open plan, great.
Many years ago when I moved in I put back a 4 ft section on the right hand
side to match the left and installed double doors. I presumed that because
the section of wall I was putting back was not load bearing I could use what
I believe is a cinder block ( it crumbles and is grey) to do the job.
Yesterday I removed the old plaster work. What I have found is totally
amazing. No Steel work just two planks of wood for the 9ft section. Gaps in
the brickwork that had been filled, believe it or not with the bag the
plaster had come in and plastered over and yes the brickwork above has
I have now propped the wall and bought the piece of steel to replace the
wood. I was going to start the job tomorrow but am left wondering is the 4ft
section of block work really sufficient to be load bearing or should I
If replacement is the answer then no problem but if o.k. then I don't really
what to spend all that time doing it.
Many thanks for any replies,
P.S. From the state of the wall I am glad I rebuilt a section 17 years ago
to reduce the opening to only 5 ft or so.