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creating an opening in an existing wall


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03-05-02, 08:11 AM   #1  
creating an opening in an existing wall

We would like to make an opening between our kitchen and dinning room. It will be right next to the door and be an opening of 35" x 28" (window size). The top of this we would like to create an arch-shaped. My question is, "Would it be earsier to cut a square opening and then put up drywall with the openin we want in it. Or should I try and cut out the arch shape out of the existing wall? My husband thinks this would by best, but if there is a stud in the wall won't we have to cut it out and frame it like a window?

 
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03-05-02, 11:15 AM   #2  
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Yes, you are correct. Since most construction is 16" OC. (On Center) you will definitely have a stud or 2 or 3 to work with. Is this a support or load bearing wall? If so you should consider installing a header.

Careful not to get to close to the door. You need enough space for proper support for the door and the new hole you put in the wall.

Once your hole is cut and framed, I would suggest using 1/8" plywood to form the curve that you want. Then add 2 x 4 support behind the curve for stability. Then drywall.

 
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