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Old 04-03-2009, 03:11 AM   #1
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Live in a small town, just bought a fixer-upper and discovered it is steel frame construction. I am very handy and would like to add a window to an existing exterior wall. Do I need to use steel headers or can I put in wood header?

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If you are referring to steel studs you will use wood for the jack studs and wood for the header.

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If you are referring to steel studs you will use wood for the jack studs and wood for the header.
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It can also be done with metal.
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It can also be done with metal.
Not really. How doe you attach the trim and even the door or window?
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Thanks, will give it a go incorporating a wood header.
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Not really. How doe you attach the trim and even the door or window?
There's self-drilling trim screws. It's done every day in commercial construction.

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