It’s not that often that something is named for exactly what it is. In this case the name is also the description. We’re talking about load bearing walls. They’re walls that do just that – bear the load of the structure. Makes sense. And we know it’s a necessary component of any structure to remain standing. So, when people decide to remodel their homes, why do they ignore that fact and begin to tear out a wall not knowing if it’s load bearing or just a wall?
Here’s the scenario. You’ve watched a video on YouTube on how to expand a room by removing a wall. And, the video assures you that you can remove a load bearing wall yourself safely by installing beams for support. What???? Do you really want to risk that? And, you do know that you’ll need to pull a permit even if it’s a non-load bearing wall removal. But, if it’s a load bearing wall, you may need to provide a detailed plan of the removal that includes how and what you intend to install to protect the structure of the building. You’ll have to plan and really know what you’re doing in order to get that permit.
Let’s say you get the permit. You’ve ignored everyone’s advice to not do it yourself. You remove the load bearing wall, and voila! Your house may still be standing and look OK. You may let out a laugh and say that you knew it would be OK. Well, it won’t be OK. Gravity will kick in and one day (maybe soon, maybe later), the integrity of the structure will weaken and well, let’s just say that it won’t be pretty. And, it will cost a bundle to repair.
We live in a DIY world and that’s great. Up to a point that is. When it comes to massive home projects, CALL A PROFESSIONAL. Think of it this way. If your appendix goes bad, do you watch a video on how to remove it yourself (hopefully there aren’t any in existence!) or do you call a Doctor. I rest my case.