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Taking out a wall

Posted by catfishsam (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 9, 07 at 12:11

We were looking at a manufactured home that had a wall between the kitchen/dining room and the living room.

If this wall hadn't been there, it would have been much lighter and roomer.

Do you know if we could remove this wall?

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RE: Taking out a wall

Interior walls can serve two structural purposes.

1. They can be supporting a structural member above, such as a beam. (probably not likely, based on your photo.)

2. They can serve as a shear wall, that is a wall that keeps your exterior walls square and vertical by counteracting the forces of the roof that may be trying to push an exterior wall outward, or that of the wind which may be trying to push the exterior wall wall inward.

So by looking at your photo, I think the best anyone could say is yes, maybe. An hour of inspection by a structural engineer may be money well spent.


RE: Taking out a wall

In the old, old metal trailers, 10 or 12 ft wide, are any of the internal walls ever structural?

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