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Getting new windows added but "pro" framing looks wrong? Unsafe?

Old 09-16-21, 10:29 PM
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Getting new windows added but "pro" framing looks wrong? Unsafe?


We are having two new windows put in. Pretty standard small size. After one day the framing and window are in but not the trim. Looking at it though, it seems like the header is not going to be taking the load from above?

It is attached to one king stud on the right. Then interior to the window two studs that are 16" apart have been cut to make way. I thought these should then connect to the header to distribute the weight? But instead they are just essentially hanging there, with about a half inch gap to the header and no attachment. And then on the left side the added stud does not go to the top plate so it's not carrying any weight.

This is on the second story of our house which is two storys plus a finished attic. It's an old 1910 house so those exterior studs span both storys.

Does this seem wrong to you like it does to me? I added a door in a load bearing wall earlier this year and was very careful that the load transfers were proper. Here it seems like there is a 48" gap (I.e. two studs) where there is no load support.

The pros will be back tomorrow to finish the trim on this window and cut out the second one. If anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear them soon for when I chat to them in the morning.

Thanks so much!


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Old 09-16-21, 11:09 PM
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I'm not the carpenter pro but that framing is sloppy.
The gap at the top between the cut studs and the header is not supposed to be there.

The right king stud is basically the old stud and goes floor to ceiling.
The left king stud is short as you've noticed.

I wonder how the bottom framing is.

The pros will be thru.
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Thank you so much for your quick and friendly reply. Looking forward to using this forum more as we complete more DIY projects (I wasn't allowed to DIY the windows though by the wife haha...)

Spoke with the chippy (Aussie for carpenter) today and he agreed and said that it needed to be shimmed to close the gap, which is what I would have done. He said he already knew this, although I'm not sure why you wouldn't have done it yesterday but okay.

He also pointed out that on the left where that king stud is cut short up top there are four horizontal 2x6s to attach to the next stud to the left.

This is an old house with balloon framing so there isn't a bottom plate on this second storey so you'd be unable to add in your own king stud to the base plate since the base plate is an entire storey below.

For the framing at the bottom it's attached. Little bit of a gap but attached with nails. I know youd prefer wood on wood.

So yeah I think overall it's a bit sloppy but at least shouldn't fall down. But also very happy for pro opinions here!

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