Trimmers for door in load bearing wall

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Old 08-16-04, 07:11 PM
Dan'l
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Trimmers for door in load bearing wall

I am inserting a door in a load bearing wall (two-story Cape Cod). The opening between king studs is 45 inches. I've used three 2 x 10 boards plus 1" plywood cut to size for the header.

I planned to use two trimmers on each side, but now wonder if I could use one instead. Local jurisdiction uses 2000 International Building Code.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Old 08-16-04, 07:38 PM
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In most areas I have worked in framing over the years a single trimmer is sufficient in any opening under 60", unless there is an extremely large bearing load over the header in question. In that case I recommend 2 trimmers. Good luck on your project.
 
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Old 08-17-04, 05:04 PM
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Its a fairly commom practice, that when supporting door headers 8' and longer, or any header supporting 2nd floor loads, to install doubled full length trimmers.
 
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