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Cossack 03-31-2010 08:26 PM

Temporary suport in old house
My house was built in 1863 so it has balloon framing. I will be taking out two large windows so I can remodel a bathroom. I will be putting in a smaller window. I have not taken out the plaster to see what I have there yet. I would like to know now about any temporary support of balloon framing and any other concerns I have not considered. If I am just putting in a new window in one day do I have to worry about temporary support?

Bob Mariani 03-31-2010 10:04 PM

depends on the wall you are putting this window in Balloon framing goes all the way up and may support the roof. So support is needed. nail a 2X6 over the opening and brace posts at an angle from the floor to support it while you cut and install the headers.

Cossack 04-01-2010 04:40 PM

I thought about this after I posted. I am putting in a smaller window so the headers and such should already be there. The old larger windows should not be holding anything up so don't I just have to build in a smaller frame?

Bob Mariani 04-01-2010 05:26 PM

yes, if this is only replacement with a smaller window, then no support needed, just new studs to support the window. double studs would be better with the opening level and 1" bigger then the window. then fill area with non-expanding (blue can) spray foam.

Skuce 04-04-2010 08:16 PM

Is the window that you're taking out an original to the house?

If it is....there are a few people I know that would probably be happy to take it off your hands. What state are you in?

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