how to nail header into existing wall


Old 09-20-12, 09:19 AM
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how to nail header into existing wall

Ok the new header is in (for my "pass-thru" from kitchen to dining room)- the "window" is 5' wide by 4' tall with a header made of (2) 2x8's and 1/2" plywood.
The header sits on jack stud on each side attached to king stud on each side. Now the question is- how best to nail (or screw) rest of header into existing wall?
On either side of the window the wall continues so it's kind of hard to nail the header into the king stud from the side since there is only 16" of clearance. looking for tips/tricks to insure the header is attached to the existing framing adequately- thanks
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Old 09-20-12, 10:21 AM
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If the wall is open, nail it through the back side of the king stud on both sides of the header. If you can't swing a hammer in that small of a space, use a palm nailer. (air powered) If it won't get a framing inspection (some inspectors don't like em), I wouldn't be afraid of using construction grade screws. But your local code takes precedence.
Old 09-20-12, 03:37 PM
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And it is best to continue a single thought process in your threads, rather than starting new ones. We already visited this in Carpentry.

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