balloon construction

Old 08-15-04, 12:22 AM
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I just framed in a front door and noticed the window in the wall next to it shook and shuddered when we closed the door. Since this an OLD house made balloon construction I tore into the wall to find 2 baring studs no even supported by a header or a footer and is completely open. I and preping to frame in the window as it should but the studs are a concern since this a story and a 1/2 and they support quite a bit. Can I use jacks to bring the upper header into proper support and still have the integrity I need.
Old 08-15-04, 09:49 AM
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In balloon framing , as it progresses vertical, the ceiling joists are nailed to the vertical members with a 1x6 let-in just below, so support can be via a temporary wall.

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