support above break in foundation wall?

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Old 07-24-13, 07:02 AM
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support above break in foundation wall?

what the proper support for the structure above when you have a break in the foundation wall for a door etc? is the sill plate above adequate to support the load or does it require add'l support? figure a typical 3' opening. thx as always.
 
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Old 07-24-13, 08:47 AM
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You did not say anything about the construction of your foundation wall or the load overhead... but usually there is a header or lintel to carry the load across the opening. The sill plate of the wall above is generally not sufficient.
 
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thank you and apologies -- its a crawlspace foundation made of block, 18X18' footprint; 2 stories above. the wall above is load-bearing. I was thinking a header of sorts would be needed supported by studs on either side?
 
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In that case I think you would have rim joist above to carry the load. I assume you have no block over the opening so no lintel. Are you using floor trusses or traditional dimensional lumber?

Also, your Building Inspections Dept. can tell you what type of construction they want to see and will approve.
 
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thx again -- yes had not thought of the rim joist as carrying the load but you are right. no block above thats correct. and regular dimensional lumber. and to your point the Inspector will let me know Im sure -- just looking to get to a point where i have something to show! that seems to work best where I am (Bergen county NJ) -- I've reached out to the inspector a couple times and he is a bit less helpful than other folks' experience here in answering questions -- but much better when reacting to something. perhaps some of that is my inexperience tho. again thx for the help!
 
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