Installing sliding patio door on brick wall

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Old 03-10-16, 05:41 PM
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Installing sliding patio door on brick wall

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My house is all masonry, the wall facing our patio is made out of brick and I would like to install a sliding door. The door would replace the window that is currently there. Can this be done without installing some kind of header? Or is the header absolutely required? I should also mention that the house is two storeys and this particular wall goes straight up all the way to the roof.

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Old 03-11-16, 05:03 AM
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No way can this be done without a lintel.
And this is not a first time DIY job!
https://www.google.com/search?q=lint...H7jtBQRYmbM%3A
 
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If the width of your sliding doors is the same as your existing window, then you can reuse the existing lintel.

You will just need to remove the window and install the sliding door frame.

Heres a guide for patio / sliding doors: How to replace a patio door | DIY Advice Help Guides | Find a Local Tradesman
 
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Thanks for answering, definitely not a DIY weekend project, for me at least.

I've been doing some reading (thanks for the link btw) and it seems that there are some additional considerations required for sizing the lintel when the opening is in a corner like in my case, so I guess I'm just gonna go with a regular door instead of a sliding one. The window that is currently there is 34" wide so I shouldn't cause any structural damage by removing the material from the bottom of the window to the floor so I can fit a door in there, correct?
 
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You will just need to remove the window and install the sliding door frame.
Just? I think diyjez skipped a few steps. Like cutting out the brick to lower the window opening... what you plan to do with the ugly cut ends of the brick... and what you need to do at the threshold where the brick likely goes below the interior grade. Will you need a soldier row sill or what? Really need some pictures to give you an intelligent reply.
 
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