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Adding to a load-bearing wall

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Aug 25, 2013, 10:48 PM
Adding to a load-bearing wall
Hi fellow DIY-ers!

Are there any tips/requirements for adding length to a bearing wall? I would like to extent a bathroom about 3 feet but one wall is bearing. The perpendicular wall (non-bearing) will also now house a pocket door.

Aug 26, 2013, 09:04 AM
Are you adding length to the load bearing wall, adding a perpendicular wall to the wall or what? I'm not quite following your post. Could you do a quick drawing of what you want and attach it to a follow up post?

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Aug 26, 2013, 08:16 PM
If you are adding length to a wall, then you are just installing a non-load-bearing element to the house. Load bearing is only an issue if you are taking out all or part of a load bearing wall.

Aug 27, 2013, 11:17 PM
Thanks Jaybee and Sparky617.

On further investigation I am not so convinced the wall I referenced is bearing. It's only 6 feet from the exterior wall. Trusses overhead run perpendicular to the wall I was referencing extending, and parallel to the wall I want to mnove. The area the roof covers overhead is approx 17' wide. Hard to believe the 3' wall I'd like to move would be bearing either.

I have to look at a FAQ ti find out how to get an image here. All the ones I scanned were far too large.
Aug 28, 2013, 11:37 AM
How are you trying to load photos? Directly through this site or through an off-site storage such as Photobucket?

You might try this: Click on "New" in the toolbar, then Photo Album, then follow the instructions from there.

You will have to reduce your photo, but offhand I don't know the size limitations. They may be stated somewhere here.

I just tried to upload a 565KB photo, without any problem.

There are some good instructions on loading to an offsite album, but they're in another older post and right now I don't have the link. I'll post it if I can find it.
Aug 31, 2013, 12:24 PM
thanks for the tip. I scanned a hand-drawn picture, but now it's too big (2MB max). will try a photo later today.
Aug 31, 2013, 08:55 PM
Do you have any photo editing software, ranging from more high end such as Photoshop to just basic Paint? You could try reducing your sketch in this kind of program.
Sep 07, 2013, 07:56 PM
Thanks for the support all. I had a structural engineer come by to take a look. No bearing wall in play! Let the fun begin!

BTW - I loaded a bunch of pictures and somehow they didn't make it here.