Trimmers for door in load bearing wall

Old 08-16-04, 05:36 PM
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Trimmers for door in load bearing wall

I am inserting a door in a load bearing wall (two-story Cape Cod). The opening between king studs is 45 inches. I've used three 2 x 10 boards plus 1" plywood cut to size for the header.

I planned to use two trimmers on each side, but now wonder if I could use one instead. Local jurisdiction uses 2000 International Building Code.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 08-16-04, 09:58 PM
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Its common framing practice to use doubled full length trimmers where headers are 8' and over, and/or supporting 2nd floor loads.

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