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blschmitz 11-29-2007 11:38 AM

Supporting a cantilevered header
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I am doing a small remodel to open up a wall between my kichen and living room, and OOPS!!! there is a header (4x8) that is cantilevered out over where my countertop will extend. Currently, the framing supports UNDER the beam, but I want to move the support over about 4 inches, and was wondering if it would be structurally equivelant to use a beam-to-post type bracket and a post instead?

Thanks for the help,


Kingfisher 11-29-2007 11:48 AM

yes, just make sure its sized for the load, not just the first thing you find:thumbsup:

blschmitz 11-29-2007 12:00 PM

The bracket, or the post? Or both probably, huh. Thanks for the quick advice. I have no idea how to figure out the load on the header, but the existing framing that supports it is 2 2x4's at a 90 degree agle to one another. I would imagine that a 4x4 post would be at least as strong, would you agree?

Kingfisher 11-29-2007 12:27 PM

Yes, but is any of this going to show or are you going to wrap it with something. Not all woods hold the same loads and you'll have a hard time find a 4x4 in anything but PT or cedar aroung here. I would not use cedar for that.

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