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Arch removal on load bearing wall

Discussion in 'Building' started by Radders_23, 8 Apr 2019.

  1. Radders_23

    Radders_23

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    Hi all, we have moved into a 1950s house and want to square off an archway. However I can't work out how it's constructed. Having exposed the plaster as best as I can I can see a rounded tile (?) structure that's then been shallowed out giving a smaller archway. The bit in between that and the line crack sounds hollow. As this is a load bearing wall am I ok to square this off and how would I do this?
     

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  2. arkie

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    Hope the arch is just wood and plasterboard, Or a pre-made plaster arch you screw on, Hammer and old wood chisel to remove the plaster to find out whats under it.
     
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    There is a definitive horizontal crack running the length and above the arch. This probably demarcates the connection between cosmetic and constructional openings.

    Get your hammer out.
     
  5. Radders_23

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    Should I worry about there being a lintel there to support the wall above or can I hope to find this further under the plaster?
     
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    Plaster isn't load bearing so chopping it off with hammer and bolster won't make the place fall down.
    Reckon @noseall is right about that crack- start chopping plaster just below it.
     
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