improvisation in the key of life

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

all in all...

ok so i weighed the information carefully... and noticed that the upper corner of the monstrosity that is the giant brick fireplace in the dining room, had a little crack. i nudged it and broke off in my hand.

curious, i tap a little with my japanese nail claw device and a hammer

it is going along swimmingly, and is great fun. like a very big easter egg... made of brick.

now that i'm off the ladder, i'm removing row after row in no time. 3, 4, 5 at a time...

as for the kitchen... how do you tell if an interior wall is 'structurally significant'?



  • At 9:04 AM, Anonymous tumble said…

    Well that looks like it went very well! They had not destroyed or attached to the original so good for you.

    I was worried for you but all looks well.

    "as for the kitchen... how do you tell if an interior wall is 'structurally significant'?


    Hmmm, Well let's consider how we know if it is "not" since that is probably what you are asking right? If you're planning on leaving it then it probably wouldn't be an issue. So first is whether the wall is a "bearing" wall or not. So is there weight on it from portions of the house above? If joists, walls or rafters sit on the wall it is most likely bearing. If joists lap on the wall it is bearing for sure. All exterior walls are bearing walls for the most part but we aren't talking about that I'm assuming. So it would be good to look at the structure above as it pertains to the wall or walls in question.

    Besides that the only question would be whether the wall is a shear wall which is doubtful unless if it is fairly short in length. Shear walls are usually long walls and often pretty few in older houses. The method used was blocking on an angle so if you see blocking on an angle from bay to bay between the studs then it is a shear wall. Eliminating one shear wall might not be too bad but it is still a concern.

    Glad things are going well.



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