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cmb 04-15-2011 09:43 AM

Can I remove a post made of 1X4s?
 
I have a 12 foot span between kitchen and step down family room, I removed spindles and plan to remove a post made of 1X4s. A painter told me it has to stay as it is a support beam. It looks decorative only, is not tied into floor or ceiling nor is it covering anything. It is just a box made of 1X4s. I would like to replace it with a half wall. Can this be a true support and more importantly, can I remove it and not replace it?
Thanks

Tangelo 04-15-2011 11:13 AM

Can you post pictures of the post from different angles, not sure why your painter would say it's a support beam, need to see it first.

DrHicks 04-15-2011 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cmb (Post 55955)
I have a 12 foot span between kitchen and step down family room, I removed spindles and plan to remove a post made of 1X4s. A painter told me it has to stay as it is a support beam. It looks decorative only, is not tied into floor or ceiling nor is it covering anything. It is just a box made of 1X4s. I would like to replace it with a half wall. Can this be a true support and more importantly, can I remove it and not replace it?
Thanks

I'm confused. If it's not tied into the floor or ceiling, where is it? What IS it tied into.

And, like Tangelo said, it'd be great to have a picture or two.

Thanks!

joecaption 04-17-2011 07:19 AM

How do you know there's not a support inside of it?


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