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Old 01-30-2012, 12:57 PM  
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Hi everyone. I am planning on taking out a wall that separates my kitchen and living room. My initial thought is it is not load-bearing as it does not extend from one end of my house the other. My house is one-story with concrete subfloors. I looked in the attic yesterday and took some pictures (attached) and put together a diagram based on this information. After looking in the attic I noticed the ceiling joist run perpendicular to the wall in question which I believe in most cases is a sign that it is load-bearing. Thoughts?

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Eric



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Old 01-30-2012, 04:33 PM  
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Yes it is bearing the weight of the ceiling and maybe some of the roof and snow load or what have you. It is odd as most time the ceiling joists run in the same direction as the rafters. This will be needing a beam and you really need an engineer to check the loads and figure out the size of the beam. Do not trust a contractor to figure this out.

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:52 AM  
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Thanks so much! That's what I suspected.

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