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Old 12-15-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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I am adding an upstairs bath. The location of the tub (58 gallons) will be right over the joist (running parallel to joist) that sits on a 1x6 that spans a doorway. The 1x6 is old lumber, which is actual size. Do I need to strengthen the 1x6? If so what are my options. I'm hoping not to have to move the door. Picture attached. In the picture there are 2x4's under the 2x6's. 2x4's were used to drop the ceiling.
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Might be nice to have a wider field of view; hard to tell but it looks like a big timber was cut on the right side above the door frame?
I think you should install a header; not sure what the 1x3 is doing but it looks like it continues above the joist so it may be carrying some (won't hold much) load that needs to be carried by more than the top of the door jamb.

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That space in the picture has been modified. Someone has hacked the structure for the doorway.
Whether you need a header depends on the loads along that wall.
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can you post some more pictures. Its hard to tell exactly what the condition is.
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Looks like chainsaw remodeling to me! As suggested, give us a new pic with a better shot of the right side of the door framing.
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Here is a wider view; I agree it was a hack job on the door. If the 1x6 cannot support the tub (58) gallons above it is there a way to stregthen it?
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The door looks like an interior, 36", hollow core door. Pretty big for an interior door. Remove that prehung unit and replace it with a 32" unit. Add jack studs to the side and install a double 2x10" header with a filler.
If it's not a 36" unit, just replace it with a smaller door that will fit the structure needed.
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Thanks, I hadn't thought of using a smaller door, planned to replace it anyway. I will do as you suggest. Thanks again.

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