Load bearing wall?

Leann Stuart
by Leann Stuart
Possible load bearing wall? We live in a 1970's raised ranch and want to take part of this wall down. It runs perpendicular to the floor joist but is about five feet from the center beam that runs the span of our basement. Is it possible for it to be load bearing if it does not sit directly on the basement beams? The load bearing beam in the basement runs right next to the fireplace that you see in the picture off to the right.
We took down part of the drywall and this is what we found...The attic has trusses that span the house...So we were convinced it wasn't load bearing but now we aren't so sure...
  13 answers
  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 01, 2015
    Does the wall go through the ceiling or does the drywall run through under the top of the wall? I cant tell by the pic. The wall doestnt have to be parallel or directly abovecthe beam to be load brg.
    • Leann Stuart Leann Stuart on Apr 01, 2015
      There actually used to be a sofit that we tore down last year...so no there was no continuous drywall..
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Apr 02, 2015
    I don't think I'd remove it completely.
  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 02, 2015
    You need to figure out if the wall goes up to the bottom of the roof trusses or floor joist is there is an upper level. If it is carrying weight it is most likely load bearing
  • Frances S Frances S on Apr 02, 2015
    No it is not a load bearing wall, tear it down you answered your own question, the main beams are next to the wall.
  • Leigh Rowan Leigh Rowan on Apr 02, 2015
    Without knowing what is in the attic, that question can't be answered.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 02, 2015
    To truly figure out if it is load bearing or not, get in your attic and walk, (as much as possible) the length of that wall. Moving all insulation to the side. The top of the wall, the load bearing beam that spans the length of it and the truss itself will look similar to this. (Picture in your head) Top of Wall 2- 2X4's sistered (screwed together) Truss If you see this LOAD of wood stacked, then yes, it is load bearing. If you do NOT see this, then have at it!
  • Sue Sue on Apr 02, 2015
    We partially removed a load bearing wall. The length of our wall was too long so we had to leave some of the stability but after 10+ years it is still holding well and I have my kitchen open to my dining room.
  • June June on Apr 02, 2015
    Go on Facebook and ask your friends if any of them have a friend in the construction business. Get someone to come check it out. I am getting ready to move into my old family home from 1917 and my grandma had load bearing walls removed. The second floor is sagging and unusable. I wouldn't take a chance removing it w/o a professional opinion.
  • Carol May Carol May on Apr 02, 2015
    The most trusted place to inquire would be (in my opinion) thisoldhouse.com/asktoh. That would be Tom Silva, master contractor from TOHTV and This Old House Magazine.
  • Tommy kostelnik Tommy kostelnik on Apr 02, 2015
    If the ceiling joists in the attic are not running across the wall,and there are no braces from the rafters to the wall, then no it should not be load bearing.
  • Steven Cronson Steven Cronson on Apr 02, 2015
    See if you can get the building plans, schematics from the builder, architect or city hall can help too. But yeah is it still there and in detail enough?
  • Ray Phillips Ray Phillips on Apr 02, 2015
    As a retired builder, "mostly tired" normally a load bearing wall will run the full lengrh of the house. and it doesn't look like it is a loading bearing wall. As some others have said get in the attic and see if you have truss's or if it is stick built, with truss's it will not be load bearing , but stick built could be. 70s most likely it is stick built. I would take the drywall off the back side and put a 2x10 at the top then take the front off and do the same. leave the end stud and add 3 more to give you 6" then take the rest out and put a piece of plywood on the bottom and paint or stain and it will hold even if it is loading bearing. Hope this helps.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 03, 2015
    It might help for you to know that all walls have a load to bear. But, the ones most important are the ones that carry the brunt of the load. Like through the center of the house. Meaning, the center of an "X" if you will of your house. Where all four corners meet in the middle. Being this wall of cabinets "looks" to be centrally located, call a contractor just for an opinion. It won't cost much and most are happy to help for a small fee. Better safe than sorry.
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    • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 06, 2015
      Thank you for repeating what I said; consult/call a contractor. All interion walls are removable! With proper structure support put in its place. It does appear to be a load wall to me. I personally just took one down and put up a support just to let some light filter through. It is doable, but it must be reinforced!