DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > General Home Improvement Discussion > Removing a wall




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-28-2014, 10:16 PM  
texasranger
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 1
Likes Given: 1

Default Removing a wall

Greetings all! My wife and I recently purchased our first home which is a ~2000 sq ft 2 story colonial plus basement. We'd like to open up the living room by adding a doorway or preferably removing the wall separating the adjacent room. There is an HVAC vent and some outlets that will need to be moved, but the biggest question is how to know if the wall is load bearing? The wall runs down the center of the house on the first floor parallel with the roof center ridge, so I suspect it is holding up the second floor joists and we'll have to get a beam installed.

However there is a wild card bulkhead that runs along the top of the wall which I haven't determined it's purpose. We removed some drywall and pulled out a horizontal ~14" piece of 2x4 to look up inside the wall next to the HVAC vent (see pics). From the way the nails are, it looks like the bulkhead (or at least the boxing for the drywall) was added after the wall was put in, so unsure what the bulkhead is for. I was hoping the bulkhead was holding the 2nd floor as part of a standardized blueprint leaving the homeowner to choose whether they wanted a wall or leave it open (wishful thinking!).

Attached are a few pics to show what I've seen so far. The wire is for an outlet on the opposite side of the wall. Any thoughts why the bulkhead is there?

Thanks in advance!
Ryan



File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00096.jpg (32.6 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00089.jpg (20.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00090.jpg (25.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00091.jpg (30.0 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00092.jpg (33.0 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20140728-00093.jpg (30.5 KB, 17 views)
__________________
texasranger is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-28-2014, 11:26 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 9,685
Liked 789 Times on 704 Posts
Likes Given: 1349

Default

Welcome to the site and congrats on buying the house. The wall is almost garenteed to bearing. The box against the wall is there to hide something, maybe plumbing, or Hvac or just exhaust vents for bathroom or dryer vents. It was built with solid wood as a fire stop so a fire in the wall will not spread to the floor joists above for 30 minutes.
Have a look in basement or crawl space to see if there is support for that wall. If you have a slab floor it may be hard to tell, sometime you can see a change in the concrete near the wall but not always. If it is bearing you will need the services of an engineer to calculate the beam and new bearing that will be needed.

__________________
nealtw is offline  
texasranger Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Removing sliding door and building a wall !! paddy222 Walls and Ceilings 5 02-03-2012 01:09 PM
Removing built-in wall cabinets? HomeRepairMike General Home Improvement Discussion 2 05-10-2011 10:48 AM
Removing original foundation wall bcedergren Framing and Foundation 4 03-20-2011 10:52 AM
Removing wall for new door beast696 Walls and Ceilings 8 11-08-2010 10:23 PM
Removing Subfloor for Wall Access Riven02 Flooring 1 04-17-2009 06:18 PM