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You need an engineer's advice. This is not something free web advice should be trusted for; the consequences of getting it wrong could be severe and the answer may involve much more than that one beam to properly transfer the forces to the frame and foundation. I had something similar done and had to have a floor joist sistered with steel c-beam and specific ...
Where are you located? Unless you are in an extremely cold climate what you are suggesting is a waste of money. I noticed that you said you wanted to change the insulation (which I doubt gives you a noticeable difference yet you have no insulation over the header in between your joists. About 70-80% of your heat loss in a basement is happening right ...
First we don't really know if this wall is load bearing or not. If the house was built in the US 50 years ago and it is a basement with poured concrete then the chances of having a wooden fabricated load bearing wall are slim - it happens but not very likely. Second all you have to do to answer your question - if it is a load bearing wall - is look above ...
If trimming a small amount 1/8" - 1/4" off a stud in a load bearing wall is the ONLY option, then I would do that PLUS install another stud directly beside the cut one, and fasten them together -- this is called "sistering". Good luck! :)
It depends how wide the studs themselves are. Is it a pre-built cabinet? A better approach, if feasible would be to adapt the cabinet itself. Trying to trim wall studs is tricky unless you're making only the smallest of cuts.
The simple answer - you can be sure by looking at it. You need to be able to see up between the joists where they go over the concrete wall. There should be a sill plate on top of the concrete wall, and then the joists should sit on that. If so, the concrete is supporting the joists.
The 2x4 wall is certainly not load bearing in terms of the floor joists, etc. The floor joists will be supported by the concrete walls, and possibly by a beam or wall somewhere along the span. Since the wall in question is right next to the concrete outer wall, it won't be supporting the joists. If the ceiling isn't finished you can likely see for ...
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