Moving stud wall

9 Dec 2011
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United Kingdom

We are hoping to enlarge the kitchen. Plan is to remove the current stud wall and build another about 2m into the living room. Had a structural eng out to confirm that the existing wall wasn't supporting anything.

Where the new stud is to go tho it'll need to run parallel to the floor joists. There's a slight bit of movement in the floor if you bounce on it, he suggested double joisting it. It's a bungalow also so no problem adding extra noggins up top.

Is it really necessary to double joist the floor ? Was hoping to build it myself as it's just a wall no doors etc. Will it cause problems, cracking plaster on the ceiling if it's pulling on there or along the edges ? Or am I worrying too much ?!

Cheers !
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I'd run noggings between the 2 joists the wall will sit on.
Well the SE knows the permissible deflections and has been on site, so he will be giving a better opinion than anyone here. No one else knows how much is a bit of bounce. But if you're not worried about movement or can hang the wall from above with a movement joint below, maybe the wall will stay put! But is it that hard to pull up the floor boards?
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If you fix it properly to the floor and ceiling, it will act to reduce the bounce of the floor, rather than pull the ceiling

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