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Old 03-21-2011, 11:31 AM  
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I have a stairway to the basement which has 3 full walls dividing the living/dining/kitchen area (they make a surround the size of the stairwell). I would like to cut these 3 walls down to half walls 3' high but I am concerned that they may "wobble" since they only connect to each other forming a rectangular shape with one end open where the door is currently. Can this be done safely?



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Old 03-21-2011, 02:22 PM  
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Are any of these walls "load bearing"?



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No these walls are NOT loadbearing in any way...
If I may add, the main concern I have is whether the walls are solid enough that they don't "give" from side to side as some stair railings do when not constructed properly...

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These wall are most of time bearing walls so what is holding up the floor upstairs?

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There is no upstairs...single story house..these stairs go to the basement....looked in upper "attic" crawl space and wall does NOT continue above ceiling line.....

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How about if you plywood the walls. Then, were they are free standing run threaded rod from the top of the knee wall through to the underside of the floor.

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Have got trusses or hand framed rafters? Cut a hole at the end of the wall to run a 2x4 down between floor joists and block it solidly to hold your wall stiff.
I am still concerned about your roof, Evan if you have trusses you want to have a close look at those, because with newer houses, roofs change directions and some trusses are tri bearing. When or if you have something like this you will find 2 or 3 studs nailed together on the main floor and in the basement. Just make sure before you cut.



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