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Old 09-17-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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I'm using the old window opening and header as the rough opening for an interior door to a bathroom/addition. The old opening/header is 40" wide. the new opening is 30" wide (2'4" door). The door hinge will be on the existing jack stud. I've added a stud to make the opening narrower, on the striker side of the door opening. Would you double that stud to stiffen the RO, or can I add a block near the latch striker? The block would give me more room for electrical boxes for light switches. Or is just a single stud adequate? Thanks!

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Since you really don't need this structural support a single stud within a block installed near the latch should be sufficient. That is unless you will have kids constantly slamming the door!

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Thanks. That's what I was thinking, too.
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i would double the stud where the striker will be, simply blocking it wont prevent the framing from moving around which in turn can allow the jamb to go out of alignment. when this occurs the door wont close properly
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the 2x4 wont twist with drywall screwed to it
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if the 2x4 is wet when its installed it can still twist, seen it a thousand times
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I would double it up, is stronger construction and gives you more to nail your trim into.

remember standard door framing, even with partition walls, there will be always at least 2 studs on each side of the opening. 1 stud seems a bit flimsy to me, even if you don't need to worry about supporting the header.

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good point about the trim.
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another thing is that by laminating two studs they become stronger but also they will work against each other resisting twisting which keeps them straight

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