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quad-shooter
load-bearing wall

My house was built in 1962, by the previous owner. It is stick-built and has a hip roof. I want to remove the main floor load-bearing wall about half to be exact, 16 ft. Should I expect to modify the truss system to accept this structural change? Or would it be enough to correctly support the existing truss as it is?

ed21
Re: load-bearing wall

In general you should only need to support the existing rafters. That includes taking care of the loads as they come down on either side of the new opening.

ma2804
Re: load-bearing wall

The main point in this thread is the terminology. Rafters and trusses can be confused by some people. Trusses are engineered to be self supporting, rafters are a different construction and you'll have them in the hip areas. The rafters won't come in contact with the bearing walls but the bottom chord of a truss will. If what you've described is correct and the walls are under the trusses, you should be OK, as ED21 said.

Good Luck.

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