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Old 06-04-2010, 05:11 PM   #1
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Adding new stud (framing for a door), can only access one side

Hi All,

New to the forum. I'm moving a door a few feet over in a load bearing wall. My plan is to cut the current drywall where I want the new door to end up, so that I don't need to refinish the skip-trowel texture on that part of the wall.

I was going to slide a new king stud (and then jack stud) into the drywall so that the jack stud ends flush with the edge.

This means that I only have nailing access to one side of the king stud when nailing into the top plate and bottom plate of the wall...

Is this ok? Or do I need to take the drywall off around the king stud location so that I can nail into both sides?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 06-04-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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Are you also going to slide a new solid header in for your load bearing wall?

If you don’t mind wide trim on the inside you can pull it off.

What happens to the old hole in the wall, no drywall work there?

You didn’t say if the door is interior or exterior, if exterior I’d be looking at “nicely” removing siding, frame in the opening then cutting drywall.


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Old 06-04-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'm planning to re-use the same header that's already there, and slide it over. The new door frame will actually be slighly narrower than the old, so I can just cut a few inches off the header.

It's an interior wall. On the side that currently has no drywall, I will add new -- it goes into a corner, so the "new" skip trowel will be harder to notice...

Basically, If I need to toe-nail both sides, or nail into the header from the outside of the king stud, I will take off more drywall. Just don't want to interrupt the current texture if I don't need to since I suck at both taping and texture :-)

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