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Joist orientation

Posted by Dave on September 15th, 1999 07:41 AM
In reply to Load bearing walls by Joe on September 14th, 1999 05:35 PM [Go to top of thread]

One method (though not 100% complete) is to check the direction of the floor joists in the basement. If the wall runs parallel to the floor joists, it is NOT a bearing wall. If it runs perpendicular, it could be.

If it's perprndicular to the floor joists and there is no other wall running that direction within 8-10 feet of it, chances are it IS load bearing. If there is another wall nearby, maybe IT's the bearing wall.

That's a place to start ...

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