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Old 05-29-2013, 02:42 AM   #1
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hi

my outside walls are made with 2x3 studs, and I am in the process of adding a new window.

How do I make a header for a 2x3 framed wall?

two 2x6's is a traditional header for a 2x4 framed wall but, two 2x6's sandwiched together would stick out a half inch on a 2x3 framed wall.

any input would be most welcome!

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2x3 outside walls? Thought 2x3s were restricted to interior non load bearing applications... ::confused::

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my outside walls are made with 2x3 studs...
Highly unlikely.

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Make it to fit the wall width. Think plywood.
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Since it will not be the full thickness you probably should go taller. 2x8 instead of 2x6.
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This is an outside wall of what kind of structure exactly?

A normal header is a plywood sandwich, because 2 2x6s aren't wide enough for 2x4s - they total 3", and 2x4s are 3 1/2" wide, so a 1/2" layer of plywood is usually used. I have no idea what codes are involved here, but common sense tells me you can either rip down a 2x6 to take a half inch off it, or add 1 plywood sheet of 1" thickness or 2 plywood sheets of 1/2" thickness. If I had access to a table saw it's a no brainer - rip the 2x6.
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This is an outside wall of what kind of structure exactly?

A normal header is a plywood sandwich, because 2 2x6s aren't wide enough for 2x4s - they total 3", and 2x4s are 3 1/2" wide, so a 1/2" layer of plywood is usually used. I have no idea what codes are involved here, but common sense tells me you can either rip down a 2x6 to take a half inch off it, or add 1 plywood sheet of 1" thickness or 2 plywood sheets of 1/2" thickness. If I had access to a table saw it's a no brainer - rip the 2x6.
The 2x6 would have to be planed, not ripped. The 2x3 exterior walls are still confusing me. I would also like to know what type of structure this is.
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Not following you - should be easy to rip 1/2" off of the side of a 2x6. You would never try to plane that much off. If your blade isn't tall enough, just flip the 2x6 over and run it through again on the other side to finish it.

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my outside walls are made with 2x3 studs, and I am in the process of adding a new window.

How do I make a header for a 2x3 framed wall?

two 2x6's is a traditional header for a 2x4 framed wall but, two 2x6's sandwiched together would stick out a half inch on a 2x3 framed wall.

any input would be most welcome!
What type of building is this? a cheap manufactured home? Nobody uses 2x3 for framing! Well nobody with a half a brain! exterior walls should be 2x6 headers should be 4x6 you can even frame exterior walls with 2x4 you then use 2x6 for the header. But 2x3 has to be a cheap trailer.
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Not following you - should be easy to rip 1/2" off of the side of a 2x6. You would never try to plane that much off. If your blade isn't tall enough, just flip the 2x6 over and run it through again on the other side to finish it.
Stationary surface plane, Jeff. I never heard of 2 x 3 exterior load bearing walls either. Talk about cheap construction, geeeeeez!

2 x 3's are good for tomato stakes, no, thats 2 x 2's.

2 x 3's are good for fire wood, or when you are forced to use them for pocket doors, and then only in Douglas Fir. Anything else twists when you look at it funny.
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Stationary surface plane, Jeff.
Yes sure that would work, but there's no need to plane when you can rip that much material. Planers are not too common among DIYers, table saws are. I was just kind of shocked to hear you recommend that. I mean, I suppose you could sand a half inch off too
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I'd be shimming out those studs so I could at least fit R13 in the walls.
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My guess is a trailer of some kind.
What size of opening?
A plywood box beam header may work.
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Where I live, there are a bunch of tiny houses built by the military in the 40s and 50s using 2x3 for the walls. One that I had the pleasure to work on used them for floor joists as well.

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