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A load bearing wall

Posted by Bruce M on April 29th, 1998 11:51 PM
In reply to Load Bearing Wall by LindaPitts on April 28th, 1998 03:13 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Linda:
In a word...No. :-)

Currently, this wall is distributing the weight bearing on it from above, across many floor joists which are in turn distributing their weight to either posts and pads or another beam in the basement. Putting up say, a glulam beam in place of the wall with a post in the middle will now put 60% (or thereabouts) of the weight onto a single point (floor joist), with will certainly cause it to do things you don't want it to do (deflect, contort, cup, etc, etc). A single post would require going into the floor space from underneath and insert load transfer blocks and a post directly under this and onto a large concrete pad.....for example.

If removing this wall is something you want to do, I'd follow Henry's suggestion and get a residential structural engineer to assess.


Bruce M

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