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We started gutting the old cabin this weekend my dad originaly built back in 1959. He tore down a garage in the city and hauled the wood out to the river and built the cabin. It was free wood so the ceiling was low and doors are short. He used what he could afford at the time. My husband is 6 ft 4 and if he doesnt always remember to duck through door ways sometimes he wacks his head, and everybody else that’s that tall. The room addition my husband built is great. He did an awsome job. I’m really proud of what he has done. So I have alot of confidense in him. But now he’s scaring me. Now we have to redo the old cabin. New windows, paneling and sideing. Anyway, we wants to tear down the load bearing wall in the center of the cabin and rebuild it. He’s not sure yet how but I think he’s gonna do this next weekend. I’m out of there. Aint no way I’m going down stairs while this roof falls in on us. He might try to build the wall in sections and cut the old out. He’s not sure yet. I said, just build a new wall on both sides of the exisitng wall and go with that. I’d rather lose a few inches in the three rooms than a roof fallling in on us, but he doesnt want to do that. The original ceiling was probably 7 foot, maybe, probably not, because he hits his head in door ways. but he wants to vault it up and go over and make 8 foot ceilings and normal door ways. Any suggestins now would be greatly appreciated. I’m gonna post the pictures. My dad didnt even put a header in on this wall.

-- Janice



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Dan Lyke

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posted 1583 days ago

What was suggested to me by a contractor when I asked about tearing out a load bearing wall was to put the beam above it, and secure and support that first (in my case, with straps down to the celing joists below it).

So if the bearing wall is that line of studs you’ve got there (which I’d have trouble believing, since I don’t see too much sitting on it), then I’d place and secure a beam along the rafters, with supports at both ends, before I yanked that wall. But I don’t see much depending on that wall (the pictures don’t go high enough for me to form too much of an opinion), so that may not be a bearing wall at all…

I am not a structural engineer, I strongly recommend getting an opinion from a qualified professional first, and if there are building permits I’d run this by the appropriate planning department before doing it, etc and so on.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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Janice

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posted 1583 days ago

Yeah, that’s the wall. There are short 2×4’s scabbed in on top of it. And there are only two rafters in there. He’s not real sure the rafters are doing anygood either. Pretty scary. This part of the original cabin is probably only 20×20. But I get your suggestion and I’ll tell him. Thanks. By the way, no building codes out there.

-- Janice

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Dan Lyke

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posted 1582 days ago

Then as long as its summer and you don’t have a load of snow on that roof, I don’t think there’s an immediate issue with knocking that down. It sure doesn’t look like it’s holding much up…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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AJJ

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posted 1577 days ago

The pictures do not show enough detail. But if if was me, I would rent some pole jacks and support the roof while I built a new weight bearing wall.

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