My husband and I just recently purchase a split level home and would like to
make the bottom level (basement) one large room. My husband says that the
joists that runs above the wall we want to tear down are diagonal. I had
heard that if the joists are diagonal above the wall that means it is not a
load bearing wall and that we can tear it down. Please advise?
Diagonal? If the joists are perpendicular, then the wall is probably
load bearing. If parallel, might not be. Diagonal? Who knows? You
need an expert that knows what he is looking at.
A wall may be load bearing for many reasons besides whether or not the
joists are parallel or perpendicular, or for that matter, diagonal.
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