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Old 01-18-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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Any way to lengthen a header?


I have two picture windows - each require a 96" wide rough opening.
I have two existing openings, each 94" wide - you see the problem...

The openings are framed with the typical 2x4 king studs, with trimmer studs holding up a doubled 2x8 header.

Exterior is stucco. The wall is carrying the load of the ends of the roof trusses.

Any suggestions on a way to gain a couple inches of opening - other than tearing out the current header and reframing new ones 2 inches wider?

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check out simpson strong tie the might have a header bracket that can help you .You might want to run it past you building inspector

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check out simpson strong tie the might have a header bracket that can help you .You might want to run it past you building inspector
Google found me the Simpson Strong Tie HH4 Header Hanger - may just do the trick by letting me remove the trimmer studs. I'll pass it by the building inspector folks and go from there.

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you will still need to remove some of the stucco to fasten the bracket to the header. The bracket is designed to be fastened to both sides of the header.
What i would do is get a long saw zal metal cutting blade (12") and cut the sheathing nails that secure it ( sheathing) to the header. Remove the header and install a new one that will be supported by your Double jack studs. when re-securing the new header to the existing sheathing just use some construction Idahoes and some clamps.
you will need to re frame the jacks and studs so just change the header and be done with it, piece of mind knowing you did it right.
Don't forget to support the the ceiling when you do the change. Good luck BOB.
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A header cannot be extended by code. Inspectors will never pass it. My neighbor had seams not over the post support on a header and the inspector made him rebuild the entire thing.
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Google found me the Simpson Strong Tie HH4 Header Hanger - may just do the trick by letting me remove the trimmer studs. I'll pass it by the building inspector folks and go from there.

Thanks!
Vince

As already stated, you can't "extend" a header. You will be required to "replace" it with a longer header.

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