Lower closet height

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Old 09-07-17, 10:02 AM
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Lower closet height

Ray,

I was searching for information on lowering the height of a closet and I came across this post of yours from a long time ago. It appears to address my question exactly; I am in no way a professional, just sort-of handy. So please forgive my asking for clarification: If I add a 2x4 directly below the existing closet doorway header and nail it in to the existing header, will that be safe for suspending very heavy mirrored bifold doors?

Thanks!

I can imagine someone later hanging a pair of mirrored sliding by-pass doors.

But of course the track is fastened to the jam header. The horizontal top of the jamb not the framing header.. The screws would usually never go into the framing header. It is not uncommon to leave a 1" space between the top of the jamb and the header. Maybe not best practice but in most contractor installs I have seen there are no shims and the jamb header isn't fastened to the framing header. Of course if the poster installed the jamb top against the new header or shimmed then the jamb sides would transfer the load to the floor.
 
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