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Question by  MarshaKeeffer (74)

Our house was built in 1900. How do I tell if a wall is load bearing?

I worry that old houses might not be standard.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  lwillis (40) If your wall is perpendicular to your upstairs floor joists then it is a load bearing wall. When a wall runs the entire length or width of the house it is load bearing. If there are doors or entrywall on that wall it is still considered a load bearing wall.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  randiegrl (110) Typically if the wall is running parallel to the floor and ceiling joists it's not a load bearing wall. If it's running perpendicular it's a load bearing.

 +1 vote! +4 you voted Answer by  Freddie12 (77) Examine the joists in the ceiling above, directly or with a stud finding device. If the joists run parallel to the wall, your wall is not load-bearing. If the joists are perpendicular to the wall, then the wall may be load-bearing. Consult a professional as needed.

 +1 vote! +4 you voted Answer by  Latin4 (11170) Our house is 1917. We remodeled the kitchen a contractor told us a wall was not load bearing and it was. Go outside and measure where the wall inside the house extends you can see the difference. It had a a porch in 1917 and that's where the mistake was. We put in a support beam.

 +1 vote! +3 you voted Answer by  BillyD (14) I would start by noticing if the wall is exterior indicating it is load bearing. Then I would look to see what is above and below. A wall above or below will indicate this to be a load bearing wall.

 +1 vote! +3 you voted Answer by  KRobinson (96) Go into the attic and follow as best as you can the celiling joists, and if you can determin if there is a wall under that joist, its load bearing.