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BOONCIE1313

01:54PM | 03/12/02
Member Since: 03/11/02
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OK, I AM THROUGHLY CONFUSED NOW. I CAN ONLY UNDERSTAND LAYMEN TERMS AND I QUESTION THAT. ANYWAY, THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY. I HAVE WALLS SHAPED IN A CROSS LIKE +.

MAIN FLOOR, I WANT TO PUT AN OPENING IN (NOT COMPLETELY REMOVE)THE WALL BETWEEN THE LIVING ROOM AND BEDROOM (TO MAKE A DINING ROOM). THE WALL GOES TO MIDDLE OF HOUSE AND STOPS FOR THE HALLWAY AND THEN STARTS AGAIN FOR THE BATHROOM.

BASEMENT CEILING JOIST RUN PERPENDICULAR TO WALL.

3RD LEVEL, (BUNGALOW), CANT TELL DIRECTION OF FLOOR JOIST BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE A WOOD FLOOR IN THE CRAWL/STORAGE SPACE AND THEY RUN PARALLEL.

THIS WALL RUNS ALL THE WAY INTO THE BASEMENT BUT NOT UPSTAIRS.

1)IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME THAT IT IS LOADBEARING?
2)EVEN THO IT MAY BE LOADBEARING CAN AN OPENING BE MADE WITHOUT IT COLLAPSING?

I HAVENT TAKEN MEASURMENTS BUT IM LOOKING AT 8'WIDE AND 2' FEET FROM CEILING. THAT WILL LEAVE APPROX. 4 FEET ON EACH SIDE PLUS ALL OF THE CEILING.

IN OTHER WORDS, CAN I JUST PUT A WHOLE IN THE WALL.

DH

02:36PM | 03/12/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
In simple terms YES and No.

Yes you can put a hole in the wall. But your house may fall down if not done correctly. While this may sound like a DIY project, if you are lacking the knowledge of how to do it you will create serious problems.

Very briefly,
1. Remove the drywall/plaster and see what is located in the wall, plumbing, electrial, etc. (inspection holes)

2.You need to build temporary walls to support the load of the floor, the width of your opening. On both sides of the wall!

3. Cut out the studs, and install a 4"x16"x8'
header. Installed to bottom of joists, Install a full stud on each end, Cut cripples from bottom plate to header and nail to full studs.

4. Rerock/plaster


Or Hire it done!

BV000581

02:22AM | 03/12/13
I bought a house two years ago redid everything painted bath but there is no vent. I am noticing over past week mold. And yes I noticed spots on ceiling and addressed with bro who is a painter. Buy I want a vent but the joices run front to back. I have a sewer vent in closet that runs to roof can I tie into that or have to run a new one Thanks
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