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dcumba99p

11:01AM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 01/06/03
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I have a home built in the mid-70s with dark, rough-hewn exposed wooden beams in the living room. I want to get rid of them, but how can I tell if they are load bearing? There is one large beam (8x10) that runs the length of the room, and two smaller beams (4x6) that are attached to the main beam and end at the wall. They end at the wall --there is a tiny gap between the end of the wood beam and the wall.

Is there something else that I should be looking for?

joed

03:52AM | 01/08/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
The tiny gap between the end and the wall is a pretty indcation that they are just decorative. If they were load bearing they would have a support at each end.

treebeard

01:14AM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
The only way to be sure is to remove some of the adjacent ceiling in order to look up inside the space where the joist for the next level reside. Only that way can you tell which way they run, and whether they bear on the beams. It's invasive testing for sure, but better to know before hand.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited January 16, 2003).]

rpxlpx

02:53AM | 01/16/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Is there an attic directly above? If so, you might be able to go into the attic and determine if the beams are supporting anything.

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