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Old 06-22-2011, 07:52 AM  
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If we do replace the space where the cripples are with a header - can we move the studs?



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Old 06-22-2011, 09:46 AM  
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The posts need to stay where they are in my opinion.
By replacing this area with a header, it needs to be supported to the foundation or a beam under the floor. So, no I would not remove anything without an answer from first, and the first one is where I would start,
1.Town building department- low cost, need to do for future sale anyway.
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2. Engineer and bring stamped drawing to building dept, and still pay town fee.

3. Lumberyard, with small fee for drawing, and new material purchased to make a header, with posts to a supporting area under the floor.

4. Contractor.

I really wish it was easier than that , but if you do not spend the $$ now, how much more do you think you need to fix it later?
I inspect and see all sorts of handyman fixer upper redo's, and have been called in to fix a few after someone got in over their heads.
I hope this helps you to find the right answer,



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It's an answer. I don't like it, but it's an answer.
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Is there a wall directly below in the basement and what exactly is above the area ?

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interestingly enough, there absolutely nothing to reinforce this in the basement.
Above are overlapping joists resting on the wall.

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Are the joists below running in the same direction as the wall and if yes are there two right under the wall?

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nope, they run perpendicular to the wall and parallel to the joists in the ceiling.

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This isn't getting easier. How long are the floor joist below, are they 2x10s at 16" oc and what are they sitting on, bearing walls, I hope? The joists upstairs, are they floor joists, ceiling joists and are there any walls or braces that would supply weight to the wall in question.

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The joists upstairs are ceiling joists. It's a ranch. no second floor. If there are wall braces - i don't see them anywhere.
There is a metal beam in the basement to support the weight of the joists above.



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