we just recently purchased a house and wanted to see if I can knock out the walls around the closet to put in built-in shelving. Do you think these are load bearing? K

  • Is there a notation anywhere on that drawing for what 'E' in a diamond box means?
    – brhans
    Aug 21, 2020 at 20:18
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    Yep. It's toward the lower left, and indicates shear walls. Those are almost certainly the bearing walls. We don't have enough information to be sure, though, as with nearly all of these questions.
    – isherwood
    Aug 21, 2020 at 20:43

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I do not think those are bearing walls. The nearby shear walls are more likely to be such, but modern roof systems don't usually bear on interior walls like those anyway.

Do I know they're not load bearing? Nope. Look in your attic. If you're taking them out you'll be in there anyway.

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