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    Default Moving a Wall

    I want to make what is now a small den into a bedroom. But I need to make it a little bigger. The den is an addition to the house so I know the section of wall I want to move was at one time an outside wall. But it runs parallel to the floor joists above and below. The portion I want to move is only 8' long and I will only be moving it about 18". Should I put in a header where the wall is now? I'd rather not if I can avoid it.

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    Default Re: Moving a Wall

    This is most likely a load bearing wall and you will need to reinforce the load if you move the wall. I would recommend having someone come to the house to confirm and see where/how you can transfer the load.

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    Default Re: Moving a Wall

    if this is on the top floor, probably the easiest way to determine if its a bearing wall is to stick your head up into the attic. look for trusses, if there are nothing more than individual trusses running across it its just a partition, if there is are laminated trusses meaning 2 or 3 nailed together its carrying a girder truss so you wont be able to move the wall without a engineer.

    if you have rafters youll also need an engineer
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: Moving a Wall

    Since this is an old outside wall, is probably load bearing. At least from the weight of the roof. You normally can install a header sunk into the ceiling, depending on how your house was framed originally. Sometimes it gets quite tricky. I can't tell that from my house, so you'll need to contact a local framer / engineer to confirm.

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