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Old 01-21-2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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I am looking to replace twin windows with a sliding patio door 60 68. I have 86" from floor to ceiling (rough). Is that enough height? what size header will i need to support the 2nd floor above this load bearing wall?

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Find out the height and width of the rough opening for that particular door before you start. Box stores sell some different ones than window companies. This on your header, also listed is number of jack studs supporting on each side:
http://www.burlington.org/Building08/Spans.pdf Check with your local Building Department, they may be different.

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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no it is not enough height
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Can the two 2x4's that make up the top plate above the header be replaced in that section of the header, so that the header 2x8 would fit. ? Wood replacing wood.
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2x8 is to small for a 60" opening
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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Did you look at the PDF chart link posted ?
It lists the sizes needed depending upon width of the house & loads

How wide is the house ?

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