This article is part 2 of a three part series covering removing a load-bearing wall.
- Part 1 – Preparing for Load-Bearing Wall Removal
- Part 2 – Removing Part of a Load-Bearing Wall – Demolition
- Part 3 – Before Closing Up a Load-Bearing Wall
Removing Part of a Load Bearing Wall (Part 2)
We return to our load-bearing wall removal project here at Fred’s and my house. In a single day, our contractors removed the drywall section, framed out the doorway, and also partially removed our pantry. It was all going along so well until we hit that last item, but that’s for another post.
Here’s the step-by-step on the load bearing wall removal.
1. Drywall/Molding Removal: The contractor removed the baseboard on both sides of the wall, the sections of paneling in the family room that overlapped the opening, and the remainder of the drywall on the Dining Room side (where they’d cut the exploratory hole the other day.
2. Construct Temporary Walls – on both sides of the area to be opened, in order to support the joists holding up the the second floor of the house. As I mentioned in my Days 1 & 2 post, we needed two temporary walls because we have 14′ joists. Had we had 16′ joists, we would have only needed one temporary wall on one side of the opening.
3. Remove Original Studs and Frame and Replace with LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) Beam at Top and Supporting Studs at Sides of the New Opening. One of the guys mentioned that their 3-stud-width support structure is actually more than required, but we support over-engineering when it’s this inexpensive! The studs are sitting on blocks which are sitting on the beam down in the basement (a steel one).
4. Remove Remaining Drywall, Nail Supporting Studs Together
5. Remove Temporary Walls. We left off on this project here, Friday. The drywall guys will come later, since we also have lighting we decided to install at the last minute in the Family Room (decided to let them handle it for us, for expediency’s sake) and the pantry removal.
This article is part 2 of a three-part series covering removing a load-bearing wall.