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Old 10-17-2012, 03:42 PM   #16
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A call to the building official will answer the question about an engineer's sign off. This is a design manual that is referenced in the 2009 International Residential Code (don't know what your code is, or based upon). It has prescriptive tables for header spans. In my area I typically would not need an engineer's sign off, however if the building official said he wanted it I would have to provide it. Of course if I show them in the book they usually accept it.

Per Table 3.22B of the WFCM, 2001 edition

Header for 24' width supporting roof, ceiling and center bearing floor a (2)2x6 header can span 4'-0".

Header for 36' width supporting roof, ceiling and center bearing floor a (2) 2x6 header can span 3'-4".

Your house's width is greater than 24' so a little interpolation must be performed .....

Therefore for a 26' width supporting roof, ceiling and center bearing floor a (2) 2x6 header can span 3'-10".

Call the building official and see what he says .....

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I should also point out that the window was installed too close to the top of the foundation when constructed, and I suspect that is the reason for the deflection at the top.

On second thought you may consider pulling the whole thing out and putting a new header back in when you cut the new window below. This will require some shoring temporarily to facilitate the work.
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That is all great information. I am governed by the 2009 IBC/IRC. Looks like a call to the inspector is in order. Thanks again to everyone! I'll let you all know how it turns out.

FYI - I found a guy here in Denver that will cut out that concrete opening for about $250. Kinda makes that $3500 quote I got for the total build a little silly. Pretty sure I can dig a hold and set a retaining wall for less than 3k.
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That is all great information. I am governed by the 2009 IBC/IRC. Looks like a call to the inspector is in order. Thanks again to everyone! I'll let you all know how it turns out.

FYI - I found a guy here in Denver that will cut out that concrete opening for about $250. Kinda makes that $3500 quote I got for the total build a little silly. Pretty sure I can dig a hold and set a retaining wall for less than 3k.
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Let us know how it all turns out.

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