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Old 08-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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I am in construction, but not a framer. I am building a garage and I'm wondering about the correct header placment in the framing of a 3ft man door and 4ftx3ft window opening. Can I install the header directly under the bottom top plate and fame down to my opening sizes, or do I frame down first and then install the header. What's the difference.

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It can be done either way. Most important is that everything fits tightly and you have proper jack studs under the header.

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If I choose to frame down from the header, should I use one more jack stud, split at the 2x that will frame out the top of the opening?
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If I choose to frame down from the header, should I use one more jack stud, split at the 2x that will frame out the top of the opening?
It's not necessary. As long as you have the proper jacks under the header, the frame down is not structural. When I do them this way, I like to use a double 2x at the top of the opening. Probably overkill, but I like having the flexibility in the opening, should I decide to raise the door sill for one reason or another. I generally like to line up the window trim with the door trim if they are near each other as well. Having some room to fudge the heights is never a bad thing.
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