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Load bearing wall advice

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by A_electrical, 6 Oct 2019.

  1. A_electrical

    A_electrical

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    Hi Everyone

    I would like to remove a wall on the first floor. The house is a typical 1930s terraced house.

    The wall is a brick wall, but I have checked the loft and the joists are parallel to the wall except one joist that sits on it.

    However on top of the ceiling joist there is a beam running between the two external walls and is perpendicular to the wall.

    What is this beam doing? Is it to limit deflection of the joists? Or is it a hanging beam? How can I know if this wall is supporting this beam?

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    The wall is reducing the total span of that cross member which is not only taking some load off the joists, but most likely some roof props not in your picture.
    So if you want to remove the wall you either have to install a suitable rsj below the ceiling joists, or above the joist, next to the existing cross member and strap all joists and props to this new steel.
    One way or another I would ask a structural engineer to attend and make some calculations if needed.
    Not knowing the full roof structure is limiting the answer and most of the above is on the assumption that you have a standard timber roof.
     
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    Thank you Gents. That is clear now.

    I had a feeling the binder was being supported by this wall.

    I had a look and couldn’t find it supporting the roof structure, but I will get a structural engineer in.

    The roof structure is purlin and is supported off another wall.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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