I have 2 4X4 posts that I'd like to remove. One is in the living room, another in a hallway. I've looked at the way they're constructed, and as far as I can tell, the posts were installed after the sheetrock that's on the ceilings. i.e. the post sits directly on the foundation, and there's a layer of sheetrock between the post and the ceiling joists. It looks like the posts were toenailed into the sheetrock/ceiling joists above with large framing nails. my question is this - Since the posts were obviously installed after sheetrocking, does that mean that they can't possibly be load-bearing? Also, even after I remove them, is there any chance of some slight shifting taking place, as the house may have settled some weight onto them anyway? thanks, matt k.