DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Windows and Doors > Cutting header on load bearing wall





Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-09-2007, 02:03 PM  
Scrap
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Default Cutting header on load bearing wall

Hey all,

We have a garage door that needs to be replaced. The joists on the garage run perpendicular to the wall with the door, which supports half the attic if not more. The door is a normal single pre-hung door. My father went out to buy a door for the RO, which is 81-1/4", but the jambs on the new door measure 81-3/4". He is insistent that cutting the header on this door to make it fit will work. I'm worried more about the header collapsing without any support. The header is 2 - 2x10's. He says cutting an inch out of it won't have any effect on it but I compare it to stretching cloth tight and cutting a slit making the cloth rip apart. Please advise.

Thanks,
ED



__________________
Scrap is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-09-2007, 06:00 PM  
Square Eye
Senior Member
 
Square Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,273
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Make the cut. Stop worrying. A 2x10 header is usually stronger than the top plate of the wall. One inch won't take away that much strength.



__________________

[URL="http://www.houserepairtalk.com/announcement.php?f=39&a=6"][size=3]The Ten Commandments of House Repair Talk[/size][/URL]



[URL="http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=289528&ck="]Square Eye's home page[/URL]

Square Eye is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-10-2007, 01:34 AM  
Scrap
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Default

Alright, thank yall. I just wanted to hear a response from someone who had more experience in the matter. They just instruct on what to do and I actually do the work. If the side of the house collapsed, everyone would look at me because I actually did the cutting, never mind who I was doing the work for.

__________________
Scrap is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-10-2007, 08:01 AM  
Hube
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 114
Default

Some bldg codes suggest the following; an exterior header, supporting a roof with or without attic storage, shall consist of 2-2x10's and have maximum span of 9'-2"
For a header of 2-2x8's, the maximum span would be 7'-4"
For a header of 2-2x6's, the maximum span would be 5'-6"
For a header of 2-2x4's, the maximum span would be 3'-8"

Hope this helps to ease your mind when cutting that 1" off.

__________________
Hube is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Load Bearing Wall question cruickshanks Framing and Foundation 6 12-18-2008 08:10 AM
Load bearing wall (its not really a wall) icemaker Walls and Ceilings 3 03-28-2008 08:10 PM
Opening wall, don't think it's load bearing? CZSteve Walls and Ceilings 8 01-15-2008 12:45 AM
Load bearing wall bfash General Home Improvement Discussion 9 11-28-2007 08:01 AM
load bearing wall from 1920 Will Carpentry and Woodworking 7 07-18-2006 09:35 AM