I want to remove the wall that this 2x4 is sitting on. It is a simple 1 story home with a hip roof. The wall I want to remove is parallel to the roof joists, but the one 2x4 supporting the center of a hip rafter is resting on the interior wall. I can't imagine a single 2x4 is supporting much. I'm not sure if I can just brace the 2x4 over a few ceiling joists to spread the load, and then remove the wall.
The picture is the back corner. It's a 1950's home with rafters and a load bearing interior wall up the center.
Thanks for any help.
Looks like it might be a support for the ridge that was put in during the original build and there was no reason to remove it. If your roof is symmetrical, then there should be the same support at the other end. If there isn't, probably not an issue to remove it or move as mentioned.
Having said all of that, it is cheap insurance ($300 - $500) to get an engineer in to have a look and confirm your suspicions and / or give you the right fix.
Good luck with it.
It looks like a tempory brace tyhat was left in place for some unknown reason. But, the reason may be important.I'd suggest calling a building inspector(should be one locally) who can provide some free advice. They are usually well versed on what and why certain things are done. One other suggestion, see if the 2x4 moves or has some pressure on it. If it is somewhat loose, it probable serves little or no function.
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