Installing French doors in a block house

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  1. Dec 29, 2008 #1

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    Hello everyone I am intrested in installing a set of french doors were a window is in the back of my house.. My house is a block home.. Just above the window there is a solid header block,were I would like to have my new french doors.. When I install the doors I am going to need to cut about 1 inch to a 1 1/2 out of the block to install the doors.. What way would you guys reinforce the header? Steel, wood, etc.. Thanks ahead of time for any hep.. Sorry if this is in the wrong section...
     
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    This is a hard one without a picture or more info. What are you supporting above the header? What are the codes for your area of the state. I would hate to see you do something your insurance Co will not cover after a disaster. Being in this field, I see it too much.
    Steel is going to be the answer, but how big is something for an engineer.
    Hope this helps and good luck on the wonderful patio door idea.:D
     
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    Are you inlarging the opening in width or height? Could you post some inside and outside pics?
     
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    Well guys I did a little more research on the doors.. It seems I can get a set of 5 foot wide doors instead of 6 foot.. This being so I will only have to cut the area below the windows, because my window is 5 foot wide.. And I wont have to get into the support of the header which is good..
     
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    Just remember those 5 foot doors are sometimes hard to fit through with a platter of food when only one side opens. You end up with 19-21 inch openings.
    Sounds like a great improvement.:)
     
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    Also remember a 5' needs a extra 2" is width for rough opening size
     
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    lol Yep you are wright..
     
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    I sometimes hate when that happens.:D lol
     
  9. Jan 11, 2009 #9

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    post some pictures of the project you are thinking of doing, like inspector D said
     

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