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Structural or Non-structural room divider

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by dammit, 27th Aug, 2015.

  1. dammit

    dammit New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Just after some advice. I am getting this floor tiled (currently lino) and want to remove this old style wooden timber room divider (if that's what you even call it!).

    It has one wooden post extending from the floor up to the top of the 'arch' way. The post is maybe only 7cm x 7cm. Would the whole thing just be decorative, or is there a potential chance it could be structural? Surely I don't need an engineer or anything...to find out?

    What do you all think?

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  2. Agent99

    Agent99 Well-Known Member

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    An appropriately skilled trade person would need to get up in the roof and have a look to see what is above it.
    It could be that the wall was taken out and posts and support beam (beam on the ceiling) was placed to support part of the roof.
    Please make sure that the person checking knows what is "structural" and what is not.
    If it is "not structural" then it may be able to be removed however you need to be certain.
     
  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Odds on that the column is structural. There's a beam across the top (fair indication) but you need to get into the ceiling space. As a suggestion, if it is, get your builder to raise the beam and put it into the roofspace rather than below it. Bolt it through to whatever it is supporting (a deeper beam may be required to stop it deflecting).