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Old 08-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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My basement only has 7 foot ceilings and I'm adding a non-load barring wall that ill need to add a door to. With my ceilings being only 7 feet high once I add the top plate ill be at 82.5 inches and I haven't even made the header for the door. What is the recommended way to frame a door rough opening for 7 foot ceilings? I am in Southeastern Wisconsin in case that info is needed.

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A non load bearing wall does not need a header. Just something to nail the trim to.
I'd buy solid prehung not hollow core doors and cut them off at the bottom.

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or go with a 6'-6" high door
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Yeah I have to figure how I want to trim the door and its looking like that may cause me to slight cut down an 80" door.
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just a 2x4 across the top can suffice to keep the rigidity in the wall where the door opening is. you could possibly even use a 1x4 to gain 3/4" and cut out and nail the top plates really good either side of the door opening. during door install cut the door trim at the top to fit snug to ceiling and you are good to go.
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You can possibly even gain the additional 3/4" and the 3/4" jamb by not having a top plate go through (assuming the wall can be securely fastened on both sides. And not top jamb to the door, just the sides. No trim needed on top either.
This will let light through the top but for a storage room or such can work.

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