I have an old 11in wide breaker box in my condo and I'm trying to find out if I can remove the two extra studs (Red in drawing) in the wall to fit a regular 14.25in wide newer breaker box. I'm including a drawing of the wall, pictures and videos.
That wall or the studs inside it rather extend 13in higher than the ceiling. The bedroom ceiling is higher by the same amount. The wall is 18in wide.
I wanted to find out what's inside the flat ceiling above those two studs so I made cutouts inside a linen cabinet/shell built between that wall (breaker box wall) and another to the right. I made two cutouts. One on the wall behind the breaker box and one in the ceiling. I see a lot of wood in the ceiling cut out that makes me think removing those studs is going to be too much trouble if at all possible.
Is there a way to cut a section of those studs (red ones) to fit the new breaker box and then reinforce them with some kind of metal plate brace (see drawing pls) so the weight of whatever is up there gets transfered down the normal way? Is there such a thing? Any other option available?