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    • Adam12321
    • By Adam12321 9th Aug 18, 11:02 PM
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    How to tell if this wall is load bearing
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    • 9th Aug 18, 11:02 PM
    How to tell if this wall is load bearing 9th Aug 18 at 11:02 PM
    Ok, So I have made an offer on a property and I want to change the design of the kitchen.

    Currently the boiler is in a cupboard type room with a door, when knocking the wall to the side it sounds hollow.

    It's a Dorma bungalow. Is there anyway to tell if this is a load bearing wall for certain? That way I can get a new kitchen and put the boiler in a kitchen unit instead of its own room!

    I dunno how to add the image to this thread.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Aug 18, 4:24 AM
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    • 10th Aug 18, 4:24 AM
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    • 10th Aug 18, 4:24 AM
    Knocking on a wall is a good indication.

    A plasterboard wall will sound hollow. A solid wall will not.

    But that is just a crude test. If this issue is a show-stopper for you (ie you would not buy the property is the wall is load-bearing) then instruct a Structural Engineer to tell you.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Aug 18, 6:16 AM
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    • 10th Aug 18, 6:16 AM
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    • 10th Aug 18, 6:16 AM
    While it's probably not load bearing, taking away a supporting wall usually involves the insertion of a suitable steel beam, perhaps costing an extra 1k for a small span.

    By the way, there's no such thing as a 'dorma' bungalow, even if Pavarotti himself once lived in it. The term comes from the use of dormer windows.
    "We won't get fooled again...."
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