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    Load bearing wall?

    Builders

    How can I tell if a wall is load bearing? I know that seeing 'if it sounds hollow' isn't necessarily enough!

    Asked by Astrid on 15th Mar 2022
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    BF Building Solutions Limited

    "Generally speaking, if the wall in question is solid (made of brick or block) and runs perpendicular to the floor joists above- there’s a good chance it’s load-bearing.

    If you aren’t sure which way your joists run, the floorboards/sheets upstairs will run perpendicular to the joists.

    So essentially, if your floorboards above run the same way as the wall you’re looking at, there’s a strong chance your joists above are sat on it.
    This is not a hard and fast rule and there are always exceptions, so please seek professional advice in person before removing potentially load bearing walls as it is impossible to say without a physical in person inspection"

    Answered on 15th Mar 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
    landmarkpropertymantaince and devolpmants ltd

    "it is solid ie brick wall, not plaster board meaning its the main supporting wall"

    Answered on 23rd Mar 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
    Fairbrook Construction Ltd

    "The first step is to actually locate and identify which walls in your property are load-bearing. The chances are you won’t have your property’s original blueprints, so you’ll have to search for them.

    Here are some quick tips to help you on your way: –

    Start in the basement

    The first place to start is in the lowest point of your house. This will either be the basement or the first floor. In any case, the aim is to locate what is known as the lower concrete slab.

    Next, look for walls that feed directly into the foundation – these are the load-bearing walls.

    Check for floor joists

    Floor joists are horizontal structural members that support floors covering an open area (i.e. basement).

    Walls that are parallel to the joists are not considered load-bearing, whilst walls that are perpendicular to the joists are usually load-bearing.

    Central Walls and Pillars

    Any walls or pillars that are situated at the centre of the house are most probably load-bearing, as much of the support of a house’s framework rests in the centre."

    Answered on 21st Apr 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
    Nature , garden care and building work

    "You have to see what way the floor joists run, or if the wall is solid you find put what’s above it by lifting a couple of boards or a visit to the loft"

    Answered on 24th Mar 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
    Kd.conservatories

    "Hiya you can check which way the floorboards are running then the timbers will be running the opposite way"

    Answered on 15th Mar 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
    Peartree Solutions

    "It can help to look at your house plans as well, to see if there’s another wall following the same alignment on the floor above, or if the loft is above, working out which way the joists run.

    Otherwise, it’s a chat with a structural engineer, and maybe taking the wall finishes off to get a closer look!"

    Answered on 15th Mar 2022 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Ashley flanagan

    "Go into your attic or basement and look in the direction of your floor joists. Generally, if a wall is a load-bearing, these joists will be perpendicular to the wall. Go upstairs and see if the wall continues from below. Load-bearing walls often have walls above them."

    Answered on 15th Mar 2022 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
    DDLK Construction Ltd

    "If a wall runs at a perpendicular angle to the joists, it is load-bearing. Any wall that doesn't support another wall is most likely not a load-bearing wall. If a wall provides direct support to the structure of a house, it's a structural wall that you should not remove."

    Answered on 23rd Mar 2022 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
    Gel Build

    "A good way to see if the wall is load-bearing is to find out what’s going on above it I.e the direction of the floor joists or if any transfer of load is coming directly onto it from the roof above."

    Answered on 11th Apr 2022 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    AliRay construction

    "Your joists above will most probably be supported by it"

    Answered on 16th Apr 2022 - Member since Jul 2019 - report

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