I am in the midst of rehabbing an old house that was originally a single family home, converted to a duplex and then made back into a single family. Some posts seem to have been added in the middle of a long FR as part of the partition to make it a duplex. Some of the posts I think are load bearing because they support overlapping ceiling joists. The others I’m unsure about because they only support single ceiling joists. All the posts are close in proximity….w/in 5ft of each other. They look awkward in the room so I want to remove the ones I can safely forfeit. Is there a conclusive way to tell if load bearing? Thanks.
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