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oops sounds like you have a two story house

Posted by LJ in TX on January 10th, 2002 09:54 PM
In reply to IDENTIFYING A LOAD BEARING WALL by Tim G on January 10th, 2002 03:07 PM [Go to top of thread]

I would not assume that the ceiling joist are running the same direction as the floor joist! Using a stud finder is at least suggested to try and determine the direction the ceiling joist are running! Not sure house else to tell other than to maybe cut a little inspection hole in the drywall near the wall you want to remove and look up there with a flash light. Its mandatory you know for sure whether it is load bearing or not, since you dont want the second floor collapsing on you. the 4 foot section of wall you want to take down, will it leave any wall area left between the kitchen and dining room? if the wall is truely not load bearing (i.e. ceiling joist are running parallel to the wall you are removing) then you have no problems with removing the wall. Also be extra careful when removing the wall, since there maybe be some wiring or plumbing you had not anticipated. Hope this helps. maybe someone else has a better suggestion for you ... LJ

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