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Cut away a 2x4 to install a door in concrete wall?

Cut away a 2x4 to install a door in concrete wall?

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Old 02-11-13, 08:01 PM
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Cut away a 2x4 to install a door in concrete wall?

I hope this isn't addressed somewhere - I've read everything I can find...

I have an interior basement door opening in my foundation that leads to a cold-storage room. When the foundation was poured, they put 2x4's inside the cutout - I'm assuming to provide a surface to fasten the door to. These 2x4's are partially covered with concrete from the pour.

Since the cold-storage room is bare concrete, I want to install an exterior door into this opening (it leads to another basement storage area I'm trying to keep warm). The problem is that the opening is about 37 3/4" by 82". The exterior door that I have is about 37 1/2" by 82 3/4".

So I'm finally to my question: I can make the door fit vertically if I cut away the 2x4 running across the top of the door frame - the actual concrete cutout is large enough. Is this 2x4 running across the top of the door opening providing any structural support to the poured concrete? Can I just cut it away and be ok?

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Old 02-11-13, 08:24 PM
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2x4's flat are never structural. cut it out.
 
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Old 02-17-13, 10:49 AM
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Disregard, already answered.
 
 

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