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Old 04-15-2011, 10:43 AM  
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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?
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:13 PM  
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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.



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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?
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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.

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

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