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Load bearing wall in basement

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Posted by: from Coquitlam
1/11/2007 at 6:45:02 PM

Due to the inheritance of a pool table, I will need to remove a 12 foot load bearing wall in a 2 story plus basement wood frame house. The drain pipe from the sink goes down the wall. How feasible is this? Should I consider a post as an alternative? What type of contractor should I consider? I have to add that I have had 3 people look at it, but the only contractor with a track record is too busy to take it on.

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Date/Time1/17/2007 at 9:30:59 PM

Hi Bev, these complex jobs are always the most interesting. The design of a steel post is to carry alot of weight. But be carefull. A quickl fix may be the answer today but extremly expensive in years to come (settlement). Your pretty limited to the drain location but if you have your heart set on something, well anything is possible.

JOE

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Date/Time10/17/2007 at 3:36:53 AM

Dealing with load bearing walls can be difficult. You obviously do not want your house to collapse. I might recommend a telepost but usually they require a 3'x3' or 4'x4' pad under them (physics, less surface more pressure) The plumbing can be moved but then you are dealing with jackhammering to a new location. Anything can be done but the more that you do, the more it will cost.

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Al & I Developments Ltd. in Campbell River
Date/Time3/30/2008 at 1:51:56 AM

AJ is correct, easy enough to remove wall and put new header in, but larger footings is no small task.

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