enter image description hereI recently purchased a two story building that had a load bearing wall removed and a beam installed. When the beam was installed there was about 3 feet of paneling and studs that was not removed below the beam. Is there any reason why I wouldn't be able to remove the the paneling and studs to be flush with the bottom of the beam? enter image description hereThanks for the input.

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    I don’t understand the photo. Where are the studs? Where is the beam? What is the relevance of the piping? – Lee Sam Jun 18 '19 at 3:21
  • The studs are located behind the panel where the bolts are. The piping will remain or possibly be re routed. I've added a few pictures from different angles. The studs were cut where the bottom of the paneling is. The black below is a drywall ceiling. Apologies for the confusion. – Kelly Jun 18 '19 at 3:34
  • To hard to give any answer with these pictures .And for now would add one more 2x12 to that beam. I can see the butt joint in the middle. And may want to add more nails into the two installed, three at every 16 inches with some adhesive would help. Take of f that drywall and send more pics. Is that just a dropped frame to add pipes ? And not structural ? – user101687 Jun 18 '19 at 7:25

I don’t understand the pictures, nor do I see where the remaining studs are located (seen in the photo).

However, in general, roof and floor loads are designed to be transferred all the way down through walls, posts, etc. to the foundation (and ultimately to the soil).

Someone removed part of a bearing wall and added a beam in the past, which caused the loads to be transferred differently to the foundation. Removing a few studs and leaving a few studs means that some of the loads are still being transferred through those remaining studs and into the existing foundation. If you remove those studs, you’ll increase loads to the beam and concentrate loads to the posts at the end of the beam and ultimately to the existing slab (which is not a footing).

If the beam, posts, footing, etc. are not adequately sized, they could fail. In order to know if the studs can be removed, someone will need to track the loads and verify each support and connection. Without a drawing or more info about what is above (and below) the studs, it’ll be difficult to make a judgment about removing those studs.

I’d recommend an architect or a structural engineer (not a civil engineer) to review your situation.

(Note: If there’s a refrigerator or waterbeds directly above those studs, I’d guess you cannot remove the remaining studs.)

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