Thank you in advance for any direction. Not sure if this is dumb question..
I am trying to build a basement bar and want to "move" a wall back into a storage area. The HVAC blower is directly behind this wall and there is space to move it back.
The wall is load bearing and has an 8" steel beam. I am not planning on moving the beam. Rather it will just be wrapped with drywall. The problem is the duct work. The joists start to run perpendicular at this beam and the current ductwork runs under the beam and then moves up and sits in between the joists on the other side of the wall. Can I cut the joist closest to the beam so the duct work can run over the beam? If so, what type of support need to go around it? I have a Visio drawing that shows this. Not sure how to post that.