load-bearing partition

load-bearing partition

A partition capable of supporting a load in addition to its own weight.
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The load-bearing partition must be supported by a beam or another load-bearing wall underneath.
Usually, they are composed of two lengths of lumber (2-by-4s or 2-by-6s) that connect in the middle and rest on a central load-bearing partition. In examples where this central bearing wall was extended to the ridge line, only half the attic is exposed, and the central wall carries more of the roof load.
The timber framing of these load-bearing partitions is much heavier than on a normal modern lightweight partition and will tend to include diagonal bracing to give better support.