oops, there's a hole in the wall

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Project by woodkandy posted 241 days ago 1752 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, for years I have wanted to open the kitchen to the living room of my home. Well, one day I had a bit of frustration to unleash so…the wall got it! I knew this was a supporting wall and did not want to go to the bother of having to get an engineer and put in a header, so this is what I come up with. There is an electric line following down one of the studs so I just cut a groove a bit bigger than the cable in the back of one of the inside boards and avoided having to call an electrician. I used cherry stain on fir boards to achieve this look. Finished them with a little wipe on poly. I wish now that I had used walnut, but I like it none the less. My plants are thriving in their new sunlight.

-- Kandy, Alberta, Canada

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 241 days ago

Very nice work. Good you recognized load bearing wall. I have seen the results of not recognizizing that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 241 days ago

Nothing structurally changed so all is good, a nice result with a bit of effort.

As Monte commented recognition of what you can and what you should not do is also important.

The Gods/plants are happy.

How did you remove the lining material a series of rapid rabbit killer punches?

The pictures are a bit weird when you want to see them, some “funny” goings on, on the site lately!!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 240 days ago

Well done and what a fun project….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 240 days ago

A very nice solution.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 240 days ago

Cool project. Great example of using what you got to get what you want. No way I can let the wife see this project though…would make it very tough to sneak Thanksgiving leftovers….lol Nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 240 days ago

You’ve got my contractor seal of approval :) Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 240 days ago

Nice job! Great, clean, professional look. I bet those rooms feel a lot bigger now!

-- -Tim

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#8 posted 240 days ago

I would never have done that on a loadbearing wall.
It’s too risky in my opinion without proper metal or reinforced concrete lintels being involved sorry I am not saying what others should do just it wouldn’t be my decision. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 240 days ago

In the first picture, the wall doesn’t look like a load bearing wall because it looks like it terminates at the deep beam at the right of the picture. That beam would be the load carrying member. Anyway, you did a great job and all turned out well.

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#10 posted 240 days ago

Nice job. This will have made a great difference to the light in this space.

I think some previous posters have missunderstood what you’ve done here. My understanding is that all you’ve done is removed the sheetrock, exposing the studwork and then clad the studs with your fir boards. Thus, not affecting the structural integrity in the slightest.

Again, Great job,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#11 posted 240 days ago

Now this is a pretty slick idea! Didn’t mess up the integrity of the wall and still allowed some sunshine in.

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#12 posted 240 days ago

Clever fix, what is that they say, “when life give you lemons, make lemonade”

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 240 days ago

Neat project and you worked the wire into the design. I love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 240 days ago

Great job, I really like how you solved the problem of load bearing wall and electrical

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 240 days ago

Thanks everyone, it was loads of fun to do. Now I can watch hockey while doing the dishes too!

-- Kandy, Alberta, Canada

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