Building arches

Old 12-24-03, 06:11 PM
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Building arches

I need some help to build arches for and interior space that may be load-bearing. I have done several searches on the web without success. Any help would be appreciated including, of course, any pictures. Book references would be fine, too.
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Old 12-24-03, 08:31 PM
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Are the walls and ceiling already in? If you're just adding some arches to an existing room, they won't be load bearing since the loads are already being carried by the existing walls.

If your arched wall will be load bearing (perpendicular to the ceiling joists) then frame it like you would for a door or window with an appropriately sized header over the arch. The size of the header will depend on the span (width) of the arch and the loads above it.

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