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Old 07-24-2017, 04:27 AM  
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So here's a photo of the top of that 2x4 in the middle. I managed to take it from inside the crawl space so the white strip at the bottom is the opening.

Removing the 2x4 is tempting but my concern is that it supports the staircase. If I remove it, is the staircase going to collapse if someone heavy enough steps on it? How can I reinforce it if I remove the 2x4?
I donít know for a fact. Maybe Neal of some of the framing guys will post in on this. But it looks like there is a triple header on the top now that the stud is connected to.

Wish you lived close by I have the track out of an old garage door out back with the wheels and such that would work good for this project, I would donate to the project.


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The triple floor joist would carry, however pictures of both ends of that element would help.


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So here's a photo of the top of that 2x4 in the middle. I managed to take it from inside the crawl space so the white strip at the bottom is the opening.

Removing the 2x4 is tempting but my concern is that it supports the staircase. If I remove it, is the staircase going to collapse if someone heavy enough steps on it? How can I reinforce it if I remove the 2x4?

It probably won't given the triple 2x heading off the opening at the top. However, that is why both of us recommended putting a header in above the opening. The stairs to my basement have a 2x4 in the middle of the opening as well, but the stairs to the second floor and attic do not have it. I suspect the 2x4 in the middle was there more for the drywall than to carry the load of the stairs.
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I donít know for a fact. Maybe Neal of some of the framing guys will post in on this. But it looks like there is a triple header on the top now that the stud is connected to.

Wish you lived close by I have the track out of an old garage door out back with the wheels and such that would work good for this project, I would donate to the project.
The 2x4 is drywall backing only. will not hurt anything to remove it.
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