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Old 09-23-2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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I started framing a new home this week. I'm not new to this trade, but I have missed the field experience needed for framing the porches. I understand supporting the front porch header, my question is how do the side headers (beams) attach to the house framing? My corner studs for the house consists of two 2 X 4 X 10 pre-cut studs with blocking in between. Do I cut out the outside stud of the house corner to accept one 2 by header and then sister the second 2 by to that? Do I install the beams on top of the double plate and have a higher porch ceiling? What would you do? The home will have a gable roof and the porch will have a shed roof and extends the whole width of the home if this helps. Opinions would be appreciated.

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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I'm having a hard time visualising what you are trying to do, can you draw it out? How far does it span? What are side headers?

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:56 AM   #3
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I started framing a new home this week. I'm not new to this trade, but I have missed the field experience needed for framing the porches. I understand supporting the front porch header, my question is how do the side headers (beams) attach to the house framing? My corner studs for the house consists of two 2 X 4 X 10 pre-cut studs with blocking in between. Do I cut out the outside stud of the house corner to accept one 2 by header and then sister the second 2 by to that? Do I install the beams on top of the double plate and have a higher porch ceiling? What would you do? The home will have a gable roof and the porch will have a shed roof and extends the whole width of the home if this helps. Opinions would be appreciated.
I always make solid corners. I notch out the top of the side header 3-1/2" deep and 3" down. That gets me around the top plate and keeps the top of the header flush to the top plates. Some houses are different.

I just cut the top of the first two corner studs out so that the side header sits on top of them.

I know you siad that your using blocking in between. I would just use a solid stud instead.
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:11 PM   #4
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Thanks Joe, Will only take a few minutes to replace my corners. I like your idea of solid corners. It's a lot easier than cutting blocks, they way I learned 25 yrs ago.
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