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  1. #1
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    Default IS IT SAFE TO REDUCE WIDTH OF load bearing wall?

    Load bearing wall in the downstairs kitchen area; built (not attached to) at the end of a kitchen cabinet; wall size 43" wide by 8' x 3-1/2; nothing but open bedroom floor space above it on the 2nd floor; I want to decrease the width by 6" on both sides (total of 12") so that it is close to the same width as my kitchen counter top/cabinet.

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    Default Re: IS IT SAFE TO REDUCE WIDTH OF load bearing wall?

    Is this 43" wide load bearing wall under a beam? I don't understand how a 43" wide wall is load bearing by itself to a room above it. Something must extend on either side of the 43" to match the width of the structure above it for it to be bearing that load.

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    Default Re: IS IT SAFE TO REDUCE WIDTH OF load bearing wall?

    Only by opening up the wall & looking at it could anybody give an informed opinion.

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    Default Re: IS IT SAFE TO REDUCE WIDTH OF load bearing wall?

    Ed has a point,

    You have to open the wall and take a look. I highly doubt the entire width of the wall is load bearing, normally loads are set over a few wall studs in one location, and a few inches wide. That space probably contains a few pipes, wires, or ducts which may make this idea a mute point.

    Take a look inside. Post a pic of what you find.

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