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07:21PM | 04/11/99
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We are looking at a house and we are looking into knocking down a wall. The walll divides the two rooms, one of which was added on to the house, so the wall in question was once an exterior wall. This wall also has a fireplace in the middle of it. Can we remove the wall and the fireplace? How can we find out if this is possible? There is another chimney for the furnace so we don't need this one. Any advice would be helpful.

Kansaz

11:16PM | 04/14/99
Every situation is different in that reguard. The important issue is not the fireplace itself but how the loads from above are transferred down to the foundation. Any existing loads from above must be re-routed around the opening you wish to create and then back down to the foundation. This is usually done with the use of some sort of beam. Typically in residential construction this would be a built-up header of 2 by somethings or a laminated manufactured beam.
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