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Old 02-02-2012, 07:38 PM   #16
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I think the OP is figuring on a 8' ceiling. Obviously there'd be a need for cripples if there was a space above the header. What I'm wondering is if he's building a 2x4 exterior wall or a 2x6

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #17
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I think the OP is figuring on a 8' ceiling. Obviously there'd be a need for cripples if there was a space above the header. What I'm wondering is if he's building a 2x4 exterior wall or a 2x6
OP is not building anything. OP said "I was just thinking..."

Then, OP mentioned 2x12s with 1/2" spacer. That says to me OP was thinking of a 2x4 wall. Could be interior...could be exterior.
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how low is the rough opening going to be, using a 2x10 header will put the top of the rough opening at 81 -1/8 " roughly. it must be a low window.

standard practice is to set the tops of windows at the same height of exterior doors
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OP is curious about insulation...not framing. THERMAL BREAKS!
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OP is not building anything. OP said "I was just thinking..."

Then, OP mentioned 2x12s with 1/2" spacer. That says to me OP was thinking of a 2x4 wall. Could be interior...could be exterior.
...so the thermal break in an interior header would be for...?
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...so the thermal break in an interior header would be for...?
Hot air (or cold shoulder) coming from his wife in the next room.

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Like I said, I was just thinking. I've used 2x12s for headers for exterior wall openings for double doors and 5' and 6' windows. On my last (current) project, I thought about the thermal break, as I was installing batts between the studs. That chunk of wood over the doors didn't look like much insulation. Made me think about substituting 1/2" foam for the plywood.
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Solid wood has R-1.25 per inch, any foamboard would be an improvement. Of course, without the plywood you may need a larger header, it does add strength: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...-up-beams.aspx

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