||03-15-2013 05:38 PM
Removing Short Wall - Could it be Load Bearing?
I've been doing a lot of research regarding load bearing walls and I know I should get an engineer for 100% confidence answer but I believe my situation is easy to understand via this post and hoping that someone can provide their expertise. I would like to take down a small wall in the kitchen that creates a little laundry area. i've opened up the wall and can see the post that goes to the celing. The wall perpendicular to this small wall is definitely load bearing (it has a large beam over the doorway and goes all the way up through the second floor. the small wall does not go up to the second floor. There is an empty room above the small wall.
I didn't think the small wall would be load bearing but I see the post holding up the wall is a 4X4 plus a 2X4 together. Quite a post for a small wall.
Question: can you tell if the small wall is safe to take down?