Reinforce Load-Bearing Wall

Old 06-22-17, 12:11 PM
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Reinforce Load-Bearing Wall

I recently started my first project to update our new house. This was originally built in '49, but has been added on to several times. I noticed this after I finally removed the tongue and groove/inverted lap siding mix from the walls of the bedroom.

My questions are about the load-bearing wall pictured below. The "on center" measurements are listed on the picture.

FYI, this is a pier and beam ranch-style house. All beams/piers/floor joists were replaced last summer. This wall is running parallel to the middle beam.

First, should I add studs to support between the 24s?

Second, could I bulk up the support on the right, i.e. remove horizontal supports and add vertical, to put in a closet door? The electric would be rerouted. I think it may have been a window at some point. A neighbor told me that the bedroom on the other side was once a deck.

I'm not too comfortable just slapping up drywall and calling it a day.

Thanks for any thoughts or advice!

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