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,
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