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How do i know if a wall can be moved or if its a load bearing wall?
I'd like to see if I can move a wall but I dont know if its a load bearing wall, how do I find out? thanks
we've decided not to go ahead with this, its too big a job and it wouldnt get us much more space in the small bedroom anyway
many thanks to Limeswood and Anerley for answering me.
A wall 'can' be load bearing if it is timber or block/brick. A masonry wall could be supporting a wall it is connected to, not just anything sitting on top of it such as other walls or floor joists. For exampe a long wall will need to be supported by either; a chimney, another wall, a pier or a steel inside the long wall. Short answer, unless your experienced in structures such as a builder, architectural person or structural engineer, you cannot be sure and even they can't unless everything is exposed. However, if you not remove the one wall support a long wall and nothing is on top, its likely not to be support. If its a timber wall and nothing is ontop its not supporting.
Answered 25th Jan 2018
You have to be very careful about removing walls. to be perfectly safe you should consult a structural engineer. Many people overload their floors and even if it is a timber wall with no wall above it may still be helping to stop the floor above deflecting.
Answered 29th Jan 2018