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Old 01-01-2013, 10:18 PM  
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Will a smaller window meet any possible emergency egress requirements?

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Really; 4x4 header? waist of time!



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Really; 4x4 header? waist of time!
What would you propose? I am open to suggestions.

Also I just noticed in your previous post you asked about a window above this window. There is a window above this window, but ends about the mid point of this window.
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The window upstairs is in the worst possible place. Each end of that header should have solid blocking all the way to the foundation.
Now you have to look at the width of the window upstairs and how much weight is landing on that header. Is there another floor above that window. Do floor joists or ceiling joists land on that wall above that window.

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The window upstairs is very large ~8' wide and ~5-6' tall. The last 1' or so of the window is above this basement window. There is no floor above that window but the ceiling joists ie roof trusses do sit on the window. They run the same direction as the floor joists. I can give you exact dimensions if that would help.

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In new house construction, all headers are 2x10s doubled, anytime jack studs are landing above another header the city guys will ask for an engineers report which often ends up being a beam of some sort. In a situation like yours the beam would be built into the floor where the rim joist is and then the joists are hung off of that. If it's discovered after the fact like yours it could be worked into the wall upstairs just above the floor , spanning the window downstairs. That would take care of the weight of the wall and roof but you would still have to find some way to hang the floor joists from that beam. You might have got away with hanging the joists off the rim joists but some Half wit cut in to it.

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I think I will stick a screw jack under those 2 joists and snug them up for now. Not sure how to proceed a this point. I could even take the window out entirely but the blocks beneath the window would need to go as well , as they are angled at the top.

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While you think about that, the deck joists should have hangers on the other end as they are not on top of the beam.

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Neal, thanks for the info. I actually install joist hangers on the deck joists this summer. There were just end nailed, not even toe nailed. I wish I knew what I know now back then. If I ever buy another house I will know what to look for.

I did have an inspector look it over, however some of this was covered up so he didn't catch it. He did however catch the joist hangers.

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So is that a single rim joist on the outside of the deck?
Hangers and hanger nails galvinized?



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