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jdogg1583 06-09-2013 09:56 AM

Moving stud in a load bearing wall
 
Hey everyone, first time poster here. I am trying to enlarge a doorway and I need to move a stud in a load bearing wall about 10 inches. the wall runs the width of the house (39') and has a hallway opening and two doorway openings. one of these doorways is what im trying to enlarge.

I need to move the left side of the door frame to the 36" mark on the drywall.
here's a picture:

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/rfqni2cz5pjhgjj/Fu2I65E91D


So can i safely move this stud that far? please let me know. thanks!

funfool 06-09-2013 10:12 AM

should be a real header in there. they got away without one because it is such a narrow door.
Going wider you will need it, if it is a load bearing wall and am sure it is.

md2lgyk 06-09-2013 10:15 AM

I wouldn't try to move it. Nail in a new king and jack stud where you want them, then remove the studs that are there now. Install a new, longer header and you're pretty much done.

jdogg1583 06-09-2013 10:28 AM

can you guys break that down for me a little more. im totally new to this as this is my first home and first real project. do i completely take everything out first and then build it back up? or do i have to build in supports and then take the studs out?

and do i run the king stud all the way up like the others or can i stop at the horizontal stud thats in there already?

jdogg1583 06-09-2013 11:28 AM

would this work:

if i remove that horizontal stud and put a king stud in there on the left side.

then put a jack stud on the left side.

remove the header that's there now and use 2, 2x6s for the new header.

can i remove all that stuff for a hour or two while i do this without compromising the integrity of the wall? I mean the wall is so long, does taking one stud (king and jack) out really make a difference for 1 hour?

heres a link with a diagram
https://www.dropbox.com/sc/7d3ah9ozvzj0wnf/MAQaz-tIiY

CarpenterSFO 06-09-2013 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdogg1583 (Post 1198044)
would this work:

if i remove that horizontal stud and put a king stud in there on the left side.

then put a jack stud on the left side.

remove the header that's there now and use 2, 2x6s for the new header.

can i remove all that stuff for a hour or two while i do this without compromising the integrity of the wall? I mean the wall is so long, does taking one stud (king and jack) out really make a difference for 1 hour?

heres a link with a diagram
https://www.dropbox.com/sc/7d3ah9ozvzj0wnf/MAQaz-tIiY

What you're suggesting should work, with a couple of comments: Make sure to replace what you call the "horizontal stud". That's fire blocking, to keep the stud bay and the horizontal space beyond separate. Whether you can just remove the existing framing for a moment depends on what's above: if there's a big load, the building might not fall down but you might lose 1/4" and get some cracks. What's above? And in any case I'd never leave it unsupported for an hour or two - that's just begging for settling.

jdogg1583 06-09-2013 09:16 PM

this is a single story home so above the studs is the roof framing as far as i can tell that's it.

you think it will settle just from moving one stud even though the whole wall is almost 40 feet long? im not trying to look stupid here but again this is my first real house project.

CarpenterSFO 06-09-2013 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdogg1583 (Post 1198325)
this is a single story home so above the studs is the roof framing as far as i can tell that's it.

you think it will settle just from moving one stud even though the whole wall is almost 40 feet long? im not trying to look stupid here but again this is my first real house project.

Depends on exactly what's above; if there's a post, or a truss that's carrying more weight (for any one of a lot of reasons), or etc., then yes, it could settle a little. I'm not talking about the whole wall settling, just a little flex down in the top plate. You'll probably be fine, but if it were my house, I'd poke my head up there and see what's going on.


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