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From what you have discribed I would say it is not a load bearing wall.
Can I ask why you were unsure of trusting the judgment of a contractor?
i agree with ernie, your post to us is only words that you are describing. the contractor has seen it live. if not sure call an engineer in.
To JLMCDANIEL, Ernie and Kreg . . . thank you for your quick responses. My contractor friend is very qualified and in fact I do trust his judgement. To answer your question, I guess I can only say "peice of mind" for myself. I have fallen into the "internet trap" and I suppose I have read too many stories and "advice" from places, that I may simply be paranoid. Where I live, the contractors that I know are very knowledgeable and competent professionals - I will be having a local structural engineer take a look at it. If things go the way I (hope) think, the engineer will say the same thing as my contractor friend did. I apologize to any and all contractors and subs out there. Call me over-cautious in this particular regard.
Structural engineer came and looked at wall this morning and after inspection advised that wall was not load-bearing . . . simply "under-developed." Destruction can begin in earnest! And yes . . . that is what my contractor friend said! Thanks again for everyone's input.
kdmaheff .... good stuff.
Like you said .... piece of mind ... you shouldn't feel too bad about getting the second opinion.... besides this may help with feeling more confident with your contractor friend when they offer advice the next time.
BTW .... even a good contractor would/should consult with an engineer when in doubt.
Good luck .... have fun and play safe.:)
Can you show us a picture of the top of the studs and top
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Ok it is good planing. But you should show the picture of house.
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This description is hard to understand without a diagram. Sounds like your double 2X10 is a support beam that runs above the wall to be removed (?), but again -- without a diagram I may be answering a question you did not ask. On the other hand, the most reliable answer would come from a pro who looks at the actual situation -- which you've already had done.
I am with Solitude. Its right man. Your home reliability is main. I advice you to contact any specialist in this construction field.
May God Bless You.