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Old 01-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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Cutting a stud on load bearing wall


I need to cut a stud to make room for an in wall speaker. Once cut I was going to remove the bottom portion of the stud and put a new header at the top of the opening(bottom of the existing stud) and use a new 2x4 trimmer, screwed into existing studs on each side of the new header.

Is it absolutely neccessary to support the ceiling while I do this? Studs are 16 on center and there is a second story above.

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no, but when you cut this stud you will notice it will bind the blade. You might want to angle a longer 2 X 4 into the top plate supporting it to the floor to remove the tension.

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If you do cut out this stud, you definately do need to header it off. In most cases removal of one bearing stud won't cause structural sagging in the short time it takes to cut it out and header it off.
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If you do cut out this stud, you definately do need to header it off. In most cases removal of one bearing stud won't cause structural sagging in the short time it takes to cut it out and header it off.
post does state a new header was to be used.
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Perhaps I'm not seeing the whole picture here. Why not locate speaker between the studs? Please explain.
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I need to center the speaker under the TV. Unfortunately the stud is dead center where the speaker needs to go. I wish I could just put it between the studs. That would save me a lot of work including taking down and putting back a 200 pound plasma!

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