we want to tear a wall out to extend our living space. the wall is
between a small room and the living room. we have a slab
basement and a crawlspace attic (there is only one story) Also - the
small room is very small - perhaps 6 feet wide. Saying that -
about 6 feet back after this wall - is another wall. to the kitchen.
Would that be a load bearing wall when you consider the fact that only
about 5-6 feet back is another interior wall?
Any help/advice appreciated.
Can't see it from here. Not being able to see it, no one can give a sure
If the wall is parallel to the roof joists, it is probably not, if it is
perpendicular, it may be. but it takes a visual inspection to be sure. You
may be able to tell better from the attic and also, if there are any pipes
or wires in it.
My house has a similar situation. It could be that the first wall is a
bearing wall and the wall further back is not load bearing (or other way
around). May need to tear off the drywall around the ceiling near the wall
and have an experienced person look - also look in attic.
No. Unless you're feeling very lucky. You need to be able to support
under all conditions. So it needs to be done properly, or some people
be very unhappy with you: insurance carrier, building inspector,
There was a great article in Fine Homebuilding Mag sometime in 2005
doing what yoy want to do check it out!
I would go in the attic and see where the ceiling joists overlap and if
they are on that wall then this is a load bearing wall - of course you
could have a truss supported roof then oi may not be a load bearing
wall. When in doubt spend a few $$ and get a structural eng out to
tell you for sure and if it is he should be able to tell you how and
what materials you'll need to take this wall out!
On 25 Sep 2006 10:53:48 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Not true at all.
I have the intelligence to rip out any load bearing wall without any
harm to the existing structure as do most all carpenters worth their
I hate hearing "It can't be done" - Simply a code word for "I'm too
stupid to do it".
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