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I have a load bearing interior wall that is approximately 14

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I have a load bearing interior wall that is approximately 14 feet with 16" center 2x4 studs - a total of 10 studs. In addition, one side of the wall is 3/4" wood panneling - very solid. The other side is drywall. The house is on a full slab foundation that is in excellent condition. I want to remove 2 stud in the middle of the wall to create and opening. Can I do that without a header or do I have to put one in. It seems to be that I would be fine without a header?? What do you think??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

I can hrlp. Can I get back to you in a couple hours?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sure. I am not really worried about code....given my situation a header seems like overkill.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

You have to have a header or what would support the joists?

The size of the header, may be smaller, but you need something there to do the work that the studs were doing before you remove them.

What is the joist length on each side of the beam? Is it supporting the second floor and attic?

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