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Old 01-02-2013, 11:55 AM  
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Here is a selection, I like the fifth one.
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I like the 3rd and 5th one, im leaning towards that design, the wife might nix that decision tho...



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Old 01-02-2013, 02:42 PM  
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As long as you know who has to be happy.

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:05 PM  
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here is an update, i just put one screw in the center to I could get a nice visual and make sure I liked the height (I know its a little crooked...right now anyway). Here is the before and after, any suggestions?

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:13 PM  
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The arch looks allwrite. You are sure that isn't a baring wall?

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it is a bearing wall, i don't plan on removing anything, just adding the arch.

I removed all of the horsehair plaster and what you see is what was there.

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It has a drop in the middle and should be fixed while you are at it. A short wall on each side with studs a little to long, hammered into place will lift the ceiling up, notch in a header. A 2 ply 2x8 should hide nicely behind your arch. Evan if that's the why it was it needs a header.

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Hi Neal,

I planned on setting a 2x3 behind the arch but if a 2x8 is recommended ill do that instead if it can fit. The arch is too thick right now so I plan on cutting 6" off the height of it, that was going to leave 2" or so between the center of the arch and the existing header.

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If I was doing this for you and if that's a baring wall, the header would be installed and the I would ask how you want the arch to look. Your picture does show a droop in the center.

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Hi nealtw,

Are you saying that you would install 2x4's on the sides holding up a new 2x8 header and then the arch under the new header?



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