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How To Tell if board on side of wall is load bearing or just part of exterior wall


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  • How To Tell if board on side of wall is load bearing or just part of exterior wall

    I have a water leak from a roof gutter that has leaked over the years and degraded an exterior board to house which happens to be directly above the back porch area. I can't tell if this is a load bearing piece or just a board used to finish off the bottom area of exterior wall. I'd like to remove it and replace myself, but not sure if bringing in very tall jack stands to hold structure up while working on it is needed due to it being load bearing? I have included a link to my google drive video showing the exact home and issue...

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    Yes, from the outside, it is difficult to tell. Is there a chance you could remove that ceiling covering? Looks like it's one piece. Finding which way the floor joists run will help you.
    One thing you could do is to use something like a 2x6 flat face against the ceiling and put four jack posts beneath that and raise it up juuust enough to take the pressure off. Not more than a half inch IF that much.
    PROVIDED~~~ the floor joists run perpendicular to that rotted board~~~!
    You may be dealing with more rain damage than that board. Is the wall that the rotted board terminates at compromised? any evidence of water damage inside the house in that area?
    The floor joists under that section could be cantilevered from the main house. MAYBE....
    Pulling that ceiling would answer the direction of the joists...