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450 lbs..... that's two people my size... scary thought. I am not a structural engineer but to me, that is a lot of weight for wall studs. A house built in '46 probably had older growth lumber used, but over time it has dried out more, which would cause it to be more brittle. That's not a big deal as is because the weight it is supporting is straight down. Once you start adding that much weight that pulls laterally ...I don't know. Guess it may depend on how many studs are sharing the load.
 
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