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Supporting walls

Looking at a set of plans how can one tell if a wall is stud or supporting.
Also if supporting can it be removed by putting an RSJ in place,

3 Answers from MyBuilder Architectural Designers

You can not really determine from plans, all they will tell you is if there is a wall directly above, they will not tell you joist direction or any more info.... the only way to tell is get a professional in.

2015-01-31T10:25:03+00:00

Answered 31st Jan 2015

stud walls will have a different look on a drawing usually the supporting wall will be shown either thicker or have dashed lines or same as the external walls.
yes you can use an rsj.
But you would need an engineer to give you calcs for the rsj.

2015-01-31T10:25:03+00:00

Answered 31st Jan 2015

It has to be said for various reasons, that any advise given here is subject to a FREE SITE INSPECTION.
OK if you are looking at plans a stud wall is indicated showing stud work at at 400 ctrs.
If you want to check a physical wall? Generally if you gently tap the wall with a small hammer, it will sound hollow if it's a stud wall.
If the wall is a supporting wall, it will need an RSJ set on suitable padstones with a minimum bearing at each end of 200mm, all of which should comply with building regulations and it should be designed by a structural engineer.
Hope this helps?
Dennis

2015-01-31T10:25:03+00:00

Answered 31st Jan 2015

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