I have some questions/concerns about my load bearing studs/wall in my basement stairs. My house is just 3 years old house and no modification done yet to any load bearing wall yet.

You can see the pic in Basement stair Front ( 1st picture), how joists ( just above the stair's landing) are running. Both the Stairs Left/Right side walls are load bearing wall.

And, I found a weird thing with the load bearing studs ( see pic "Stair Right Side - Load bearing Double Studs" or 2nd picture)). The double studs (has cut from top) are not actually holding the foyer (in main living) load, rather its just the stud next to it or other studs in the same wall.

How ? please see there is a gap between double plate and double studs in the picture.

If you look at left side of stair ( see pic 4th picture). the double studs are correctly installed and actually supporting the load from upstairs.

Actually, I have to make door through the Stair right side load bearing wall and I know I have to install a strong header made of 2 2X10 header and 1/2 plywood between 2X10s. But I have to fix the existing structural issue.

Also I am not sure why electrician ran wire through 3 studs to install a switch box, why not just straight down from double plate hole. I am not seeing any reason why switchbox can't be on other side of the double studs. There is nothing blocking the switch box there.

Any suggestion and advise will be highly appreciated,

"Basement stair Front"Thanks

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

[![enter image description here][6]][6] [![enter image description here][6]][6]

  • For the location with 3 studs, what is behind the wall? I think the two studs with saw cut notches are not load bearing, but, from the photo, I couldn't figure out why they are there.
    – r13
    Mar 24, 2021 at 5:30
  • stairs. Look at the 4th picture from the top. its other wall side of the stairs. do you see double joists load there ?
    – PowerTech
    Mar 24, 2021 at 5:38
  • Yes. But, if those are joists, where they extend to. We see the butts on this side (4th pic), and there are nothing coming out from the other side(3rd pic). I am confused.
    – r13
    Mar 24, 2021 at 5:47
  • Look at the very first pick, they are going out towards a load bearing ( facing) wall when step down.
    – PowerTech
    Mar 24, 2021 at 5:54
  • 1
    Those two "modified" studs are definitely not supporting any weight at all. Not only are they cut most of the way through, but they don't even attach to the top plate. They're also much older, more weathered wood, and look like they were added after the original construction by someone who used whatever was lying around. The other side of the drywall there is the stairway, so they're not there to support anything (like a TV mount). Is there anything directly above this attempted column, like a column holding up the 2nd floor?
    – FreeMan
    Mar 24, 2021 at 15:12

1 Answer 1


I had inspector come and looked into this issue.

He was also not sure why it was happened like that way.

He suggested to replace those two studs with new 2 studs. those two studs are just a waste right now as those are not attached to the top plate, also one of the stud is pretty old.


  • 1
    Thanks for posting back with what the inspector found! Mar 31, 2021 at 4:09
  • Yeah, thanks for posting your inspection results! Make sure you click the check mark so others will know this has a resolution.
    – FreeMan
    Mar 31, 2021 at 12:58
  • “Old stud” that describes a lot of the users on this website.
    – Lee Sam
    Mar 31, 2021 at 22:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.