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terrysim 09-22-2007 04:49 AM

widenining doors in load-bearing wall
I am installing 36" doors in 2 walls to make a bathroom wheelchair accessible for my brother (replacing smaller doors). One is on a load-bearing wall. I am planning on putting in new headers that go all the way to the next set of studs (48" width), then double studding at the R.O. size.

My question is: Do I need to install temporary bracing, maybe 2x4's coming out diagonally into the room on both sides of the wall, while I cut out the old header and put in the new? This would prevent the wall from sagging, or is this unneeded? The room is on the ground floor of a 2 story.


Daryl in Nanoose 09-22-2007 08:56 AM

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I always put a support beam in anytime I am doing this. I make sure that the beam in directly under a joist or truss on each side of the opening I am going to make. You should go up in the attic and see what this wall is supporting and that will usually tell you what to do.

Daryl in Nanoose 09-23-2007 02:53 PM


Originally Posted by FHI Decks & Windows (Post 11552)
Make sure that your ceiling joist do not have strapping on them before you use Daryl's bracing system. The first time I forgot to check for strapping I blew through the sheetrock installing a brace.

:eek: :eek: Oh I bet you were a happy guy that day

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