Enlarge doorway in load-bearing wall


Old 04-10-14, 08:25 AM
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Enlarge doorway in load-bearing wall

I want to open up some space between rooms by making a 32" doorway larger, maybe ~64". This is a bearing wall, so I have a couple of questions:

Can I just replace the existing doorway header with a 64" header as needed?
Should I use 2 x 8 headers?
Can I raise the headers flush with the ceiling to give me a bit more height?
Any difference in going to 80"? I'm trying to keep existing studs.
Do I need an engineer to approve this?

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Old 04-10-14, 11:44 AM
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Tell us what is above and below that wall and which direction the ceiling and floor joists are running?
It looks possible, but you will need to patch the flooring and open the sides enough to get at least a double stud on each side. If there is a lot of load then it might take more for support.

An engineer is always nice, but any contractor you would bring in would simply build it using standard practices.

Old 04-10-14, 12:02 PM
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above is the ceiling joists and below is floor joists both running perpendicular to the doorway wall. so from behind me to the patio door side of the wall. That is why i said this is load bearing... this wall and the wall on the floor below it running down the center of the house from l to r supports the floor and roof.
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Hey Maarkr, Did you ever enlarge this door?
I have a similar situation ad wondered how it went for you~

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