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    How do i know if my wall is load bearing? Help please?

    Hi, I want to remove my kitchen wall to make my kitchen and dining room one room. I've checked the wall above it upstairs but it isn't directly above the wall i want to remove it's about 6inches to a foot away. The joists are running parallel to it. The wall i want to remove is a brick wall. Could anyone tell me if this is a load bearing wall please because i'm getting mixed results when i've searched on google? Thank you for any help.

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    Don't think anyone could answer this without seeing wall or building plans. Get a few builders in for quotes, they will soon let you know.

    Original Poster

    Thanks callum84....i've just noticed that the wall upstairs is a floating wall as it's sitting directly on to the floor boards.

    that wall could be proping up your ceiling joists so its best to get a builder in

    mackenzie

    Thanks callum84....i've just noticed that the wall upstairs is a floating … Thanks callum84....i've just noticed that the wall upstairs is a floating wall as it's sitting directly on to the floor boards.


    Dosnt really matter about the wall upstairs to be honest, even if it is as you say a floating wall the wall below could still be and is likely a load bearing wall for lower level. Don't suppose you have building plans?

    Original Poster

    thanks for your help nightstud and callum84, i haven't got the building plans. I think there is a few people on my street that have knocked theres through so i might ask them for a bit of advice. If not i'll call the professionals in because i don't fancy waking up in my dining room lol.

    Does it run parallel to the joists or is it at right angles?

    if you take the wallout and your house falls down its definatly a load bearing wall

    If the floor joists are running perpendicular to the wall to be removed, then the wall is supporting them. And in turn also supporting the wall/partition above.

    I would bypass a builder and get a structural engineer to have a look at it, as a builder would need a structural engineers input anyway.

    Depending on your area I could suggest someone, but that would be self publicity.. lol

    Banned

    you will need building regs from your local authority so when you ever sell the work has been certified, if not people may find it hard to get a mortgage

    In order to determine whether the wall is load bearing or not, you need to get someone in that can determine the load paths. Either a builder or an engineer, preferably the enigneer. You'll also need a copy of the drawings for the building...

    Best way to know is by seeing if the wall is a single wall from upstairs to downstairs or if the flooring in the room above stops at the wall.

    Rupz

    Best way to know is by seeing if the wall is a single wall from upstairs … Best way to know is by seeing if the wall is a single wall from upstairs to downstairs or if the flooring in the room above stops at the wall.



    Ignore this, there is no way to know unless someone that's qualified actually looks at it...

    civms47

    Ignore this, there is no way to know unless someone that's qualified … Ignore this, there is no way to know unless someone that's qualified actually looks at it...



    No dont ignore it.... ive renovated many houses and i myself am an engineer. Have done all my calculation for load bearing walls for both domenstic and commercial buildings. Thank you

    Banned

    When i took a wall down I talked next door into taking their wall down first and watched what happened
    Edited by: "whatsThePoint" 10th Mar 2011

    Rupz

    No dont ignore it.... ive renovated many houses and i myself am an … No dont ignore it.... ive renovated many houses and i myself am an engineer. Have done all my calculation for load bearing walls for both domenstic and commercial buildings. Thank you



    Just because the wall doesn't continue beyond ground floor level doesn't mean it's not load bearing.

    Rupz

    No dont ignore it.... ive renovated many houses and i myself am an … No dont ignore it.... ive renovated many houses and i myself am an engineer. Have done all my calculation for load bearing walls for both domenstic and commercial buildings. Thank you



    Sorry but, I can't see it, whether a wall is continuous or whether the flooring stops at the wall rather than passing under it does not tell you whether it's load bearing or not. It may give you an indication, but there is now way of knowing without actually looking at it and confirming what the load paths are. For an engineer you give really bad advice...

    If you have any sense at all, which to be honest I'm doubting asking a question like this on a forum, the only advice you will take is that which suggests you get professional advice, on your head be it, literally if you don't.

    Get professional advice

    /thread

    Banned

    I can say it definitely ISNT a load baring wall and you are free to remove it without any worries.

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone for your advice. I asked my neighbour who has taken down the same wall and he said it is exactly the same as his and it's not a load bearing Wall.

    @ juiceblater. Sorry if you think it was a stupid question to ask on a forum, i just thought it was a forum that gets loads of different people on and i might of got a reply from someone who knew what they were talking about ie a builder.

    Basically a builder will check which way the floorboards are running in the room above. A crude way of discovering whether a wall is loadbearing is based on the way the joists in the room above are running. If they are running front to back, then walls running side to side are load bearing. If joists are running side to side then the walls running front to back are load bearing.

    Check out this clip 5min.com/Vid…981

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