I'm removing a wall in my bedroom/bathroom to open it up for more closet space. Now I've been hesitant on knocking it down until I'm 110% sure it's not load bearing. To my understanding a load bearing wall carries the load all the way down the studs to the foundation of the structure correct? So in my case being located on the 2nd floor a load bearing wall would have to have studs/wall directly beneath it on the 1st floor to carry the load to the foundation of the house right. If nothing beneath it and closest wall on the 1st floor is 5 feet or so away than the wall is non load bearing correct? Can someone tell me if my thinking on this is correct or if I'm missing anything crucial.
“Load bearing” means it’s holding something up. It doesn’t need a wall DIRECTLY below it. Often we’ll provide a beam or a series of oversized joists to span an area directly below a bearing wall. Not all bearing walls align all the way to the foundation.
At a minimum, it appears the wall is holding up the ceiling joists to the right side. The OSB board on the ceiling joists is a clue that something is resting on the ceiling joists...perhaps a mechanical unit.
It also appears to have some kind of roof structure spanning PERPENDICULAR to the wall. It’s difficult to see if it rests on the wall. (I say roof structure,because there is insulation exposed.)
I’d get a professional opinion before you tear it out. Maybe you’ll need to add a beam to replace the wall.