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Adding Door Opening In Supporting Wall

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02-28-01, 08:31 AM   #1  
I am remodeling my kitchen and want to add a 7 foot door opening in a supporting wall which leads to the dining room. My plan is to add a temporary wall on each side of the existing wall, then cutout the opening. I am planning on using a 10 inch header with 3 studs on each side of header. My question is, will the ceiling fall on my head using this approach?

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03-08-01, 10:42 AM   #2  
First answer- consult a structural engineer

since you probably won't...

second answer

The header needs to hold up the same weight as the old wall. If the section of wall you are removing contains say 5 studs that support 5 2X8 joists, you would need a header of 5 2X8 to carry the load. Since you need to keep the thickness of the wall down, you need to use less boards of a larger size (2X10 or 2X12).

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