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A load bearing wall supports the structure above it, and thus cannot be removed without replacing that support. Use with the [walls] tag

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Safe to remove this wall and header?

I am hoping to remove a portion of wall along with a door header. I don't think it is load bearing but I just wanted to get some opinions. I have had one contractor say it is, and another say it is &...
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Calculate the support requirements for a load bearing wall -

I am in the process of removing a load bearing wall to open up the kitchen to the dining room. The house was built in the 1700 in the Cornwall(south England) and is constructed from stone using lime ...
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Which is the load bearing wall?

We are looking to add a door to a wall in our basement and wanted to see what was possible by figuring out what wall is the load bearing wall. Both walls are perpendicular to the joists. The wall on ...
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Can I skimp on the jack stud?

Installing a closet in the very corner of an old house. Note, I don't have a proper king stud, but two 2x4s with a plywood spacer in the middle. This is a load bearing wall. I'm working with very ...
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Is this half wall with spindles load-bearing?

In the second picture the blue line shows the top plate for the half wall with spindles and the red highlights a beam of 2x12's. I'm not sure if it is clear but the half wall ends at a 2x6 that has ...
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Add a door to a basement load bearing wall

I am finishing my basement in a 1960 home, and a doorway is in an awkward place. I want to add an additional 36” doorway in a load-bearing wall that sits atop a ridge footing that is 5” above the ...
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adding and removing studs to stairs for support

I would like to remove the purple section so I may walk under the stairs. Behind that purple section has open space that I have to crawl under to get too. The red markings is the stairs behind the ...
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load bearing stair components

I've just opened up the under stair area with a plan to convert into storage. Can anyone tell me what parts A and E are doing in the following images? They don't appear to be load bearing to me. I ...
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Is the wooden-stud basement wall that runs next to & parallel to the shared concrete wall separating two townhouses load-bearing?

Okay gang, so here's my deal: My wife and I recently bought a 2-story (with a half-finished basement) townhouse, sandwiched in the middle of a row of other townhouses. After lengthy negotiation, I ...
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Can I remove this post on the lower floor of a two-storey home?

In the living area of my house is this decorative rail and post. I want to remove them. While I suspect such a narrow, solitary post would not be made to bear a load, I am not a builder so I still ...
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How do I figure out if these walls are load-bearing?

My house is a bungalow built in 1917. There are pillars under a central beam in the basement supporting the first floor (marked in red in my little drawing.) There is nothing obvious supporting the ...
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Is this wall load bearing and if so what are options to eliminate? [closed]

Trying to determine if wall between kitchen and family room can be removed.
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Opening Load Bearing Wall

I have a home built in 1956 that has a load-bearing wall that is about 2ft off the main support beam in the basement. There is currently a 30" opening in wall with 2x4 header. I would like to ...
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Am I ready to install window framing in load bearing wall?

I'm looking to add a window to an exterior, load-bearing wall. In front of the wall (which rests on the foundation) is another "wall" framed for wood paneling. I need to cut through the ...
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What type of beam to span 20ft?

Looking for help understanding live and dead loads and the mathematical equation for what beam to use or help with what beam we should use. We are trying to span 20ft between kitchen and living room ...
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Is my closet wall load bearing

I wanted to take this closet out but got nervous when seeing the backed wood. There is a floor above and the basement is below, but no support beams where the closet is. Also the joists run with ...
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Can someone help me to verify if my balcony can handle the load of a hot tub

I would like to place a hot tub on my balcony, and need help to double check if my floor joist can handle the load. I have have 2 x 12 floor joist @ 16" o.c. with 3/4" plywood decking and 1/2" ...
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Remodeling 1950's home

This is a single story home with a gable roof. I went in the attic and do not see a beam over the wall in question. The wall in question is in between the kitchen and living room and there also is a ...
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Is this wall on the second floor a load bearing wall?

I am removing a small shower in my master bathroom in order to install a larger one. I want to know if this wall is load bearing, I don't think so but i want to make sure. There is no wall ...
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4x6 wood swingset beam, single span, center load max lbs?

I'm building a swing set with a 10 ft 4x6 pine beam. I would like to determine how much active load the beam can support at the center point, or at least minimally how much static load. I've ...
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Is this pocket door header load-bearing?

I removed two pocket doors in my second story bathroom (see picture 1 & 2). I would like to remove the headers above the pocket doors and open up the bathroom. However, I wasn't expecting such a ...
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Are these walls load bearing?

Looking purchase this house, however, want to remove the bar and closets in "red", could that whole area be removed, or are those load-bearing/structural walls? The original structure for this house ...
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DIY Solarium / Four Seasons Room - Project Planning Advice

I am located in Columbus, Ohio. I currently rent, but I am planning on buying a house in the next two years, and I want to get started on planning for this project. My wife is a houseplant enthusiast, ...
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Can I hang 100lb boxing bag from wood ceiling beam?

I'm looking to hang a 100lb combat sports banana heavy bag from my ceiling as shown in picture below. Obviously the iron beam is the most stable point, but it's only 7ft high at the low point and the ...
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Is this wall load-bearing (Blue prints included)?

We just bought a house and would like to remove a partial wall that was added as part of a remodel. I have the blueprints for the remodel (completed with permits in the 80s). I've attached images of ...
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Load bearing walls in 1860s house

We own a third floor condo in a house from the 1860s. I am trying to identify the load bearing walls in our apartment. Wall A is load bearing because it supports the roof joists. But what about wall ...
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How to install a door in a load bearing basement wall that is only 80 inches high

I would like to install a door in a load baring wall in my basement that is only 80 inches from the floor to the joist. It's an old 1940s home where half the house has joists running east west and ...
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Alternative designs for a load bearing wall

Please bear with me - I am not very skilled in the area of house renovations and building structures. We had a business come in and draw up plans for a new kitchen. It involved knocking out the '...
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Is this closet wall load bearing?

Wanting to remove this closet that is by my front door. Nervous that the wall that is parallel to the door is wall bearing. First time renovating. [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https:...
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Can I use blocking between floor joists to support off-center jack studs in a load-bearing wall?

I have a load-bearing wall running down the center of my house, perpendicular to the floor joists. As this house is from the 1920's, there is no subfloor - the bottom plates of the walls sit directly ...
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Are these walls load bearing

Looking to remove the closet and wall in this restroom. Already had a structural engineer look at it before I removed the drywall. He only checked the studs with a Franklin stud sensor and didn't go ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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Should this 3 ply LVL bear on a single 2x4?

My engineer has designed a 6'6" beam to carry my load and this would consist of 3 LVL glued and screwed together. 7 1/2" LVL. Like most LVL, a single ply is 1 3/4" deep. So, as he has it specified 3 ...
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Is a vertical crack in a wall stud okay as long as the wall isn't load bearing?

In the photo above you can see that a pipe was put through a 2x4 and that the 2x4 splintered/cracked somewhat as well. This is framing a bathroom in the basement. On the Framing perpendicular there is ...
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Reinforcing a load-bearing bolt in metal-to-metal assembly

I just got a new pull-up bar and am slightly concerned about the design. The bar itself is attached to the main assembly in such a way that its only support comes from two bolts on either side that ...
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Determining load bearing wall in attached blueprints

attached are two images from blueprints of the first floor of my three story home. I am looking into some renovations and hoping the hive mind could provide some insight. As I'm in the general initial ...
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Is this a load bearing post?

I’m wanting to remove this post but not sure if it’s load bearing. Can someone please help? Thanks!
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How to mount load-bearing assembly meant to be installed into joists

I recently got the below ceiling-mounted pull-up bar that installs into joists with 3" lag bolts. Unfortunately, my joists run perpendicular to the direction that I want to install this bar, so I need ...
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Is the wall load bearing?

I was hoping to open up my kitchen to living area and make an island where it the pantry and coat closet is. All I have are these floor plans. Is that wall structural? Thanks!
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Is my basement wall load bearing?

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 (...
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8'x8' platform 8' off the ground. If 4x4 steel columns, do I need bracing?

Remote off-grid land with lots of bears, coyotes and even turned wild domesticated dog packs. I'd like to build a 8'x8'platform 8' off the ground for camping and use the bottom for storage. If my ...
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Load bearing wall and basement beam don’t line up. Want to add a header and larger opening. Problem?

Additional info: -Ceiling joists have studs running down directly above floor joists -Floor joists are 2x10 spanning ~14’ 16OC -One of the floor joists that will carry the load is doubled and right ...
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Beam type/size for opening 15ft load bearing wall

I have a 15 foot span with an opening of 8 feet already there. I want to know what size beam I should use to be able to take down the rest of the wall. I’m curious of what size beam would I need to ...
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Cutting stud in load bearing wall to create vent opening for cooktop hood

We are installing a wall mounted cooktop hood over a gas cooktop as part of our renos. We have centered the cooktop along the kitchen wall but unfortunately that places the center line right in ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

I need to cut a hole for a recessed medicine cabinet. This wall is at the end of the house. I only need to cut one stud to make a frame for the cabinet. Will this damage the integrity of the bearing ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Temporary Load Bearing wall support

Whats the best way to support an 18'-6" span of load bearing wall, so a LAM Beam can be installed?
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...
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Contractor cut joists short (followup to earlier question)

We are removing a couple of load bearing walls as part of renos in our home. The engineer specified a W8x21steel beam to replace the load bearing wall. The floor joists are 2x10. The joists are 2x10 ...
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Can I Move Interior Load-Bearing Walls Without Changes/Additions to Beams/Piers/Foundation?

I'm trying to determine if I can make some changes to my house's interior walls without making changes or additions to the underlying beam/pier/foundation structure. I have attached a drawing of the ...
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