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How can i tell if boards or a wall is safe to take away from

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how can i tell if boards or a wall is safe to take away from a house? I have a basement with a makeshift cupboard system and i don't know if i can safely remove it for fear it may be structure support...
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 2 years ago.
Hi and welcome.
A cupboard system of any type will not be a bearing wall. The wall that it attaches to may be though.
Go ahead and remove the cupboards. If they are attached to a wall then let me know and we can figure out if it is a bearing wall before you take it out.
Best, Smitty
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will do, I'll send you a picture before committing to any major decisions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 2 years ago.
Robbie, definately not a bearing wall. Go ahead and remove the shelfs. The 4x4 posts in thge middle of the room do look to be supporting something though. They are definately not up to present day code by any standards. You may want to have them looked at by an engineer or architect for possible retrofit.
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 2 years ago.

Hi, Robbie.
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