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Cut into exterior, load-bearing wall

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03-26-05, 08:36 AM   #1  
Cut into exterior, load-bearing wall

Id like to put another entrance into my house (another door).
Is there a way to cut into an external, load-bearing wall to put in a door? (There is no door there currently).
This wall leads into my garage, which is on the bottom level of my house.
The living room is above the garage.
I would want to put the door adjacent to the garage door.
I live in San Francisco, so earthquakes are a consideration.

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03-26-05, 10:21 PM   #2  
You can cut into any load bearing wall provided you do 2 things:

1. Build a temporary wall on one or both sides of the load bearing wall to support the upper stories while you are doing construction

2. Build a header into the load bearing wall strong enough to replace the support provided by the studs you are removing.

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04-01-05, 11:44 AM   #3  

There are other considerations for doors between living space and garages. They must have a certain fire rating for instance, and in some cases there must be a "damn" (I think 4") to prevent potential fluid flow from garage into living space. Better check with local building dept. first.

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