Just some advice really. Afew years back myself and my father knocked a
wall down in the small room of my house to make it bigger. The wall
supported a purlin above via a few bricks and a wooden post (1930s
style). We acro'd the few bricks and post above and then inserted a
suitable galvanised RSJ from the builders merchants. (im afraid I didnt
have any calculations but I recall the lintel did look overkill for the
6" span it was covering). This was about 4 years ago with no problems.
Wanting to move to a bigger house we have recently had an offer on our
property for sale. The question is this, will this affect the sale of
the house or will an indemnity insurance be required?
This was a fault on my part as I presumed a load bearing wall was
considered a wall above what you are about to remove (or am I wrong on
this?) As the purlin was sitting on the wall above I presumed the old
3"x3" post supporting this was there to eliminate sag in the beam. Will
I need to restore the wall back?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you kindly.
If the buyers surveyor does question the girder / lintel / RSJ, they may
look back through building control records to see if it was passed.
If it doesn't get noticed by the surveyor, then you don't need to say or do
anything, if he does pull it up then you may need to do the work again, or
knock the cost of it off the selling price.
Between you and I, I have seen supporting walls built on 3X2 timbers and
remained in place for over a century without trouble.
Don't throw money away on indemnity insurance, it's not worth the paper it's
written on and wouldn't be accepted anyhow.
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