We are considering widening this existing opening and installing double doors. Is there any chance that this wall is load bearing?

I was going to be overly cautious and put up temporary supports for the trusses above. But I'm wondering if I'm being paranoid.

Except for a small angle brace toward one end of the opening, the trusses aren't directly connected to the top plate of the, 6' wall below . There is a gap the same thickness as the ceiling drywall between them. One of the trusses above the wall is blocked (if that's the correct term) with the next one down.

Construction of the wall is with 2x6s. I believe there is a double top plate. A portion of an adjacent wall runs outside.

If this short, 6' wall is indeed load bearing, what is the best way to support the ceiling/roof until the new framing is in place?

attic view

door opening

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    Those are trusses so they should support themselves. But you will almost certainly need a building permit and you will almost certainly need your plans signed by an architect or an engineer before they will issue you a permit for such structural changes. As far as supporting anything while you build, the usual process is to build a temporary wall to suppose the load and then remove it when it's no longer needed.
    – jwh20
    Feb 21 '21 at 23:52
  • The second photo makes it appear that the trusses are set at right angle to the wall (opening) in question. However, the top photo shows the trusses at about a 45 degree angle to the wall. Which is correct? Is this really the correct wall?
    – Lee Sam
    Feb 22 '21 at 5:40
  • It is the same wall. The wall is set diagonally from most others in the house and provides the entrance to the adjoining den from the common areas. Feb 22 '21 at 7:43
  • Part 2 (hit enter too soon) The appearance of a right angle is likely a result of my poor digital drawing skills. The trusses and wall have a 45/135 degree angle between the two. Feb 22 '21 at 7:45
  • How much wider are you going to make it? In the picture it looks like you have very little extra room without hitting a corner - and then you have to worry about 2 walls being load bearing. Also why the lack of insulation in that attic?
    – DMoore
    Feb 22 '21 at 19:52

Not structural.

The 1/2" gap (with the little coupling bracket) between the truss and the diagonal wall, and the straight wall not even being under the truss are clear indications.

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