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m.connley 10-08-2010 01:57 PM

cutting a stud in an exterior wall
I'm trying to install a wall dog door between 2 garage doors. This is on the bottom floor of a two story section of the house. It seems, there are double 2x6 studs 11" apart and I need to cut one of them. My question is this: because they seem to have an overkill situation with side by side 2x6 studs and 11" on each side the same situation (double 2x6 studs), will it damage the integrity of the wall to cut one of them.

DexterII 10-08-2010 02:14 PM

What is the distance between the doors? About 17" plus the trim? It is most likely that the double studs are holding your door headers, which in turn hold up the rest of your house. This is probably not an area in which you want to make structural modifications.

m.connley 10-08-2010 02:19 PM

The distance is 34"

DexterII 10-08-2010 02:31 PM

Okay, that makes more sense, but still, there is a reason they doubled them up; I would definitely consult with an engineer before doing anything with those studs. You have a lot of weight resting in that area.

m.connley 10-08-2010 03:18 PM

Thanks, you're probably right. I may be much simpler to just get rid of the dogs! Problem solved!!!

jogr 10-09-2010 05:05 PM

Or put the dog door (if it's small enough) in the garage door panel.

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