Removing a basement wall

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Posted by: from Saskatoon
1/3/2012 at 9:47:15 AM

At the risk of sounding incompetent here, I have a question about remvoving a wall. My laundry is a large, wasted space and I would like to remove two sections of wall to create a larger family room in the basaement. The nice thing about these walls is that they are not drywalled on one side, so I can see everything inside, which is essentially nothing. With the exeption of one steel post, which I realize makes this wall load bearing. However, the post runs directly up to the beam and the wall appears to have been built around it, removing the wall would not involve any cutting. In fact where the studs meet the top sill (and I apologize for any incorrect terminology here) there is a small gap, which I assume means that this wall is not bearing any weight at all. I realize that I would be left with a metal post in the family room, but the currently family already has one and I'm quite okay with that.

I just want to make sure I can safely remove the wall without compromising the integrity of the rest of the house. Hope this makes sense.


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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time1/3/2012 at 4:32:29 PM

Good Afternoon Jennifer,

By your description of the wall you are correct that it is not load bearing. Quite often basement walls are built under steel I beams or multiple wood joists/beams but it is the metal tele-posts that support and distribute the house weight from above not the wall.

Home renovation stores sell pre-made post covers that you could cover you tele-post with or have one made

Happy New Year!


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Jennifer in Saskatoon
Date/Time1/4/2012 at 3:49:34 PM

Thanks Dave,

I appreciate the reassuarance! Happy New Year to you as well!


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