Widening doorway in load bearing wall


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Old 07-07-12, 08:21 PM
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Widening doorway in load bearing wall

I'm considering widening the doorway from the kitchen to the garage in my mother's home to 36" to make it more handicap and wheelchair accessible. I believe the current width is 30" or 32" (can't remember which!). It's a load bearing wall. For such a small expansion, is it necessary to install temporary support for the ceiling joists while I replace the header? A couple of sources I've read seem to say its not necessary, but just thought I would check here for your opinion. Thanks.
 
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Old 07-07-12, 08:37 PM
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I'm considering widening the doorway from the kitchen to the garage in my mother's home to 36" to make it more handicap and wheelchair accessible... For such a small expansion, is it necessary to install temporary support for the ceiling joists while I replace the header?
Difficult to say without being able to see it. But, if you can get the new king stud and trimmer framed in before you disturb the existing one...
 
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Old 07-07-12, 08:58 PM
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Yup, that's the plan. What exactly are the risks and consequences of doing this without the temporary support? Perhaps just a minor deflection of the top plate? A little creaking?
 
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Old 07-08-12, 04:25 AM
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Do you have a truss roof system, and is it running in the direction of the door? If so, you shouldn't have too much of a problem, since the weight of the superstructure is spread across the house and is supported by the truss. Have it all made up and ready to slam in there.
 
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Old 07-08-12, 10:35 AM
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Yes, that's exactly the way it is. Thanks for the timely input!
 
 

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