I have a 2 story house. The wall in question is in the middle of the basement. There is an old field stone wall that runs parallel to the ceiling joist (3x8). Directly above the stone is a flat board (7 1/2x2) followed by the joist, then floorboard. The second floor wall is directly above the basement joist. The 1st floor wall is offset 4" and not directly above the beam. Attic is a crawl space with no walls.
My pictures won't upload. My question is can I knock the stone wall out? If it is load bearing, how can I support it while I remove the wall since it runs parallel? I will try to get photos uploaded