Load bearing wall advice

6 Oct 2019
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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. Attached is the wall in question.

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 joists 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?

Please see image below.



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Not sure from the photos but you need a structural engineer's proposals for building regs approval for removing a loadbearing wall or structural alterations.
Yes I’m aware. I want to establish if it is first.
The wall doesn’t support joists and isn’t supporting the struts either.

I just want to establish if the beam in the picture is considered a point load or not.
I can't tell what's what from the photo but that large timber looks a bit manky.
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Added some more if you fancy a look.
In The second image, the wall sits underneath the 2 joists.

The timber sits on top of the roof joists.


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That beam is a binder, and it suports the ceiling joists.

It wont be loading that wall unless it is actually sitting on it or if those two joists are sitting on the wall.

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