Header over basement window

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  1. Jul 10, 2012 #1

    lslapshot

    lslapshot

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    Ok so heres another issue I found. I built a header for the main floor windows since I intend to go up one level on the house. Little did I know that half of the header is sitting right above the basement window. What solutions do I have?

    1. take out the basement window and replace with block (its a driveway side window and hardly ever gets sun)

    2. make a new header to extend beyond the window and just use trimmer studs to secure the window? If I do this, is there a chart showing how long of a span I can go with 2x8? I can go to a 2x10 but there will be a 1" gap between the window and header.

    Hoping for some good advice! Thanks again for all your input guys!
     
  2. Jul 10, 2012 #2

    nealtw

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    We never see 2x8 headers so maybe others can help you with that. Widening the header upstairs may be the easyest. Without any extra loading from above like a beam or a gurder truss you should be good. If your header is five feet or longer use two studs under each end. Just use a 1x to fill the gap. If your new jack studs don't land directly over a floor joist add a crush block between the top of the wall down stairs and the bottom of the floor boards
     

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