Header req'd for basement doors

Old 07-15-11, 06:35 AM
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Header req'd for basement doors

Is it required/necessary to put a header in the framing above 5 foot bypass closet doors? I've read that for a basement (non-load bearing) framing, headers are not really required...therefore, a flat 2x4 as the top of the rough opening (below the cripples) is sufficient for any door.

However, I'm wondering if sandwiching two 2x4's with 1/2" plywood and standing them on their side as a header would prevent any sag for my bypass closet doors. Overkill?
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That's what I have in my house in the non-load bearing walls (just the horizontal 2x4 you mentioned)
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I'm sure for 5' of non load bearing a single flat 2 x 4 would be fine but the (2) 2x4's would be even better and less deflection

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