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  1. #1
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    Default removing interior basement wall

    My basement is wide open except for one corner where a previous owner put up two walls, making a "hobby room" in the basement. I want to take that wall out to open up that corner for a pool table. The wall I want to remove runs along the load-bearing beam. The steel supports are still there. So I'm thinking this wall is not load-bearing and I can just remove it, while leaving the supports. Is that correct?

    (I tried to attach pictures but it doesn't want to let me.)

    Thanks
    -matthew

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    Default Re: removing interior basement wall

    Typically there will be support columns along the inner span of a main support beam --- commonly you'll find two columns --- up to a 40 ft running length ( more on longer runs ) --- giving 3 equally spaced open sections . As long as these cloumns are sitting on proper footings ( not just resting on the floor ) chances are the wall you mentioned is not a suporting structure and can be removed.
    If you're unsure then get some advice from a professional contractor or engineer.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Default Re: removing interior basement wall

    im with canuk. you should get an engineer or contractor to look at it.. though the support post should be supporting the beam there and the wall was put in place just to create a little more privacy.

    however there is a slight chance that something was done wrong so the point load was moved. best to have a trained eye look at the overall picture
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: removing interior basement wall

    Never assume anything about previous owner's actions.

    Consult a professional, like canuk and jkirk suggested - that will be the best money you've ever spent.

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    Default Re: removing interior basement wall

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'll contact a professional to take a look at it.

    -matthew

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    Default Re: removing interior basement wall

    teh last thing you want is to have a structural failure with your house
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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