Min. width between garage doors?

Old 03-05-03, 04:54 PM
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Min. width between garage doors?

In the gable end of a 24' wide garage, I plan to have two 9'x8' doors. The area between the doors I want to minimize. What would be the recommended minimum width of this wall section (i.e., 1')?
Old 03-05-03, 06:08 PM
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18" with a full stud on each side, and one 6" and one at 12".
This will be a weak spot, so make it strong. On some I even put double studs. Good Luck
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We just finished having a garage addition put on. It is 22' wide and has two 9'x8' doors also. The part in the middle is about 1' wide. There are eight 2x6's here to support the headers.
Old 03-20-03, 12:23 PM
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If you want 8' tall garage doors, I hope you have at least a 9' ceiling in your garage. Otherwise, you will not have enough headroom for the garage door mechanism. Technically, you could span the entire width of both doors (I'd recommend a laminated beam) which would be 18' plus the distance between. The distance between would then only need to be wide enough to accomodate the door hardware. I think 4-1/2" (the thickness of three 2X studs) would be about the minimum. Or, you could just go with an 18' door (my personal preference). Center posts seem to have a way of getting hit by vehicles.

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