How do I raise the door header?


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Old 11-07-08, 12:36 PM
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Question How do I raise the door header?

We have a doublewide modular on a full basement. Modulars being what they are, we have an odd size exterior door. We would like to replace it with a standard 80' steel door. We've opened up the top of the door frame to the ceiling to expose the upper framework. It appears there is a 2x4 header nailed into place between the 2x4 door frame supports. Is that a sufficient header? Can we just take that out and move it up the two inches extra room we need or is that too simplistic an approach? We've hung interior doors before but that's a whole different situation. The doors arrive in about a week so we really need to know what we're doing here! Any advice?
 
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Old 11-07-08, 03:29 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Being modular, the house is built in a factory and the stresses are calculated pretty well before they are built. If all they have is a pair of 2x4's for a header and there is space above it to move them up to accommodate the 80" door, you can do it, as long as you extend the jack studs that are holding up the 2x4's so they rest solidly from ceiling to floor, continuously. What thickness wall do you have? Will you have to adjust there as well?
 
 

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