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Removing Interior door and widening. advice needed.


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07-05-17, 12:29 PM   #1  
Removing Interior door and widening. advice needed.

so i'm planning to remove a 30" wide closet door along with the framing as well. i want to also remove the existing studs on the right side of the door so that the opening will be wider. the next stud is roughly 12" away. i know for sure this is a load bearing wall as i can see the existing studs to the left and right of the door are supporting the main joist in the ceiling. will i be okay removing the studs to the right and have an opening of approximately 42" wide without needing to reinforce it? any advice is appreciated.

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07-05-17, 12:52 PM   #2  
Any time you take out a portion of a load bearing wall you need to install a properly sized header [supported on each end] to pick up the load.


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07-05-17, 01:02 PM   #3  
i'll post up some pictures to show what i'm talking about. The wall is supported by the next stud 12" away to the right if i were to remove the doorway stud that framed out the existing door. the header being supported by all the existing studs.i would just be removing one of the studs that was used to frame out the door, but also at the same time was supporting the existing header.

 
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07-05-17, 02:56 PM   #4  
Just because the next stud is 12" away does not mean the wall is a supporting wall.
Need to be looking above and below the wall to see if it's a supporting wall.
Why 42" a wide opening, not planning on installing a door?
Is the wall at right angles to or parallel with the rafters?

 
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07-06-17, 11:36 AM   #5  
there will be no longer a door installed, i will be making a custom mudroom type bench, so widening the opening would allow for this to work and my kids to sit on the bench to put on their shoes.

 
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