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8oro_8oy Posted on 11/09/2019 15:44
Load bearing Wall
 
 
Any builders on here know of an easy way to know if a wall is a supporting wall or not?
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LowKey Posted on 11/09/2019 15:46

Load bearing Wall

 
drill through it [:D]

if the house is recently built you can search for the plans online
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sammysmiths Posted on 11/09/2019 15:48

Load bearing Wall

 
See which way the joists above run. If they are in line with the wall, non-load bearing, If they run 90 degress to the wall, Load bearing. This is what I was told and I knocked my walls down and my house is still standing. I have no where to put my doors and windows now though!!
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Sortie Posted on 11/09/2019 15:49

Load bearing Wall

 
Knock a hole in it.

If it doesn't fall down it's not load bearing.

Joking aside, do the floor boards run parallel to the wall in question? Is it brick or timber? If so it's probably load bearing
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Wev1 Posted on 11/09/2019 16:40

Load bearing Wall

 
Be careful with the joists method, as I'm 2/2 with that being incorrect.

Take a light switch face plate off, you should be able to see through one of the holes in the back box at the side, back or top. If it's brick then it's load baring, if it's free space, until plasterboard on the other side or screwed onto wood then it's likely not load baring.
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sxg_2010 Posted on 12/09/2019 06:56

Load bearing Wall

 
Just because a wall is built in brick or block it doesn't necessarily mean it's load bearing, in older houses all walls were brick.

Make sure no solid wall above as some walls go all the way through, the joist method is pretty much the best way.
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Sortie Posted on 12/09/2019 07:04

Load bearing Wall

 
"in older houses all walls were brick."

Spherical's. I live in one that's 100+ and all the walls in here are not brick.
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Wev1 Posted on 12/09/2019 08:17

Load bearing Wall

 
If the wall is brick or block, then from a DIY perspective you should treat it as load baring, unless having an engineering assessment done. Which is beyond the scope of DIY talk on a football forum.

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