Widen Rough Opening -- w/o a headache
Your going to need a longer header. If that’s a truss roof with a gable truss then the walls not bearing. If your lucky it has a box header. That will be a lot easier to deal with without damaging any sheetrock, which is the goal.
As Mike said, your next step is to open it up and see what you have. Take one more course of siding off above the opening and get the Tyvek out of the way. Cut the plywood back one stud each direction and remove. The same with the piece above. Then just simply replace the header.
New Sawzall blades are a must. A good metal blade to cut the sheetrock nails. If it’s a box header, piece of cake. A solid header, not as fun, just take your time. If you have to cut nails from the top plate into a solid header (after you get the king stud and trimmer out of the way) just drive a chisel or flat bar in there to make a little gap and work your way down. Just don’t cut through the sheetrock.
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Last edited by kwikfishron; 06-07-2010 at 02:18 PM.