I'd like to remodel a couple rooms in our home, but am unsure how to identify support beams when the time comes. Are there any easily-identifiable things I should look for to keep my house from crashing to the ground?

  • Are you asking about how to determine whether a "Wall" is load bearing? Or are you asking for way to determine whether a horizontal beam in a wall is necessary? Aug 28, 2010 at 21:48
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    Question about load bearing walls: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/4/…
    – gregmac
    Aug 29, 2010 at 3:23

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If in doubt, don't. It might be worth paying a structural engineer to take a look and let you know if it's safe to remove a wall. Depending on the layout and age of the house, it may not be possible to know without doing some destruction down to the studs to see for sure.

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