Watch This Video Before Removing Interior Walls or Making Door Openings Larger – Remodeling Advice




Click on this link for more information about home remodeling, building repairs and structural engineering. This video will provide you with some simple yet much-needed information about problems you could create if you remove any interior wall or make an existing opening larger to open up the interior space of your home. In this video you will learn about weight transferring through existing walls and around remodeled enlarged openings. Don’t forget to watch part two called Structural Problems from Removing Walls and Making Existing Openings Larger – Lateral Movement.

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  1. Mike Wolverton
    November 21, 2016
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    This answers a lot of questions I already had. Do you have any videos on adding a loft/storage area? I'm looking to add a storage area in my garage over vehicles. I'm looking to add a support beam about 26' wide and it'll be about 10' deep towards the garage door wall. I spent my whole life dreaming of owning a home and then somehow I found the only house in the city with no place for storage, lol. Thanks for your videos.

  2. missrafaelas
    November 29, 2016
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    I sincerely need your help, the contractor put on board siding on the frame of the exterior house, but he did not add ply wood before adding the wrap (Tyvek) before putting on the siding.  Is that normal that there is only Tyvek and siding to the out side framing.  He has all ready started to put the insulation in the interior frame to close it up.  Your help is needed.  Help me with this question please.  Thank you.

  3. Farid Mohsini
    December 11, 2016
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    Can you explain Dutch gable roof on 3D
    The lay out please
    You are the best to explain things very clearly thanks for all the videos

  4. Rudy Parra
    December 13, 2016
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    Very helpful thank you for the knowledge!

  5. mustangman99
    January 8, 2017
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    How would you do this at a marriage wall of a modular home? I have a cape cod home that I am looking at opening a 9ft area between my kitchen and living room and would like to install a flush lvl.

  6. Robin Wolfe
    February 18, 2017
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    I live in the desert and my house sits directly on a cement foundation. Does this mean I can install the support beam without worrying about over loading?

  7. allanpennington
    May 2, 2017
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    Thanks this is great. I am widening a door gap for a pocket door in the central hallway LB wall which is perpendicular to the ceiling and floor joists. Our code requires a 140×90 lintel checked into full length studs only, as I have a single story and a span of 1.85m and loaded dim of 2.89m and the studs are 90×45 on 450mm centres. There are already double joists under one wall so I will likely sister another floor joist between two inner bearers under the point load at the other side of the opening.

    The other thing I am then doing is putting in a 910 opening (no door) in a wall which is parallel to the ceiling and floor joists. As in your diagram there is a double joist under all the parallel walls. It is hard to tell if this wall is LB though. It has two ceiling joists above the single top plate and these are 100×50 and 50mm apart. The studs are only 70mm wide. The end of these ceiling joists sit on the exterior wall top plate and the hallway LB wall, (which incidentally only has a single top plate but has 90×45 studs at 450 centres). The hallway has a single 100×50 across the top plates and then similarly a pair of ceiling joists running from the opposite hall wall to the exterior on the other side of the house. So that small single piece is sandwiched between the two pairs. As the wall is only 70mm wide the pair of joists directly above only sit on the outer 10mm of the wall top plate as the joists are spaced 50mm apart. Given this small bearing surface is it likely that this is a non load bearing wall? Thanks

  8. Case Indy
    July 26, 2017
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    Great explanation of weight transference in a load bearing wall. You're right that removing interior walls growing in popularity as people want open concept floor plans as part of their remodel.

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