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Old 11-18-2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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We have a dining room opening of 60 inches wide. We would like to raise the height of the opening about 7 inches. There is a header over the opening. The rafters on the second floor run parralel to the header. Should we be concerned that this header is supporing the second floor? Thank you for your advice.

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We have a dining room opening of 60 inches wide. We would like to raise the height of the opening about 7 inches. There is a header over the opening. The rafters on the second floor run parralel to the header. Should we be concerned that this header is supporing the second floor? Thank you for your advice.
It depends which way your ceiling joists run. If they are running perpendicular to the header, then they are definitely part of the structural framing that is helping to hold up your 2nd floor. Generally, actual 'headers' are put into openings that are 'structural'.

Can you still raise the header to create an opening that is 7" higher?

Maybe, and maybe not ...there are several factors to examine and consider.....

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Old 11-18-2006, 08:28 PM   #3
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The headers seem to go nowhere. They end approximately 3 inches on either side of the opening. They are not attached to the 2 x 4's at the top of where the opening meets the ceiling. The joists above definitely run parallel to the headers. Do all openings of this size (60") generally have these 2" x 12"s. thanks so much for your help!
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