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Posted by jb on January 7th, 2002 09:53 AM
In reply to dropping a load bearing wall by Carol on January 6th, 2002 09:08 PM [Go to top of thread]

You need to have a permit and structural engineer plans. Remember to figure in any shear (live) lateral loads if the wall had wind bracing or plywood on it. A lot of times when I have done this I did it as "flush framed". This means that you don't put in a girder beam, that shows below the ceiling, but instead the beam goes right up in the ceiling and the ceiling stays smooth with no beam showing. This can be pretty impressive. This job will involve EXTENSIVE temporary support and bracing, new posts going all the way down to new footings, dug in your basement (most likely). If you do this wrong then your house becomes rubble, don't mess around - do it right...

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