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Old 04-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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I have a load bearing outside wall in my kitchen that I had a two inch vent line installed for my future kitchen sink. I attached a picture to help better explain my problem. The vent line (green line) runs underneath my kitchen window, through five 2x4 studs, then up through the double top plate and ties into the main stack. My problem is how to go about strengthening this wall with the line in it. I had originally sistered a 2x4 to the windows jack stud and one to the king stud for strenth but now they have a two and a half incho hole in them! The stud bay that the vent runs vertically in is only wide enough for the pipe to run in, and the stud to the right has an outlet box attached to it (blue box) that is for an outside outlet. Can I brace this stud with perpendicular 2x4s to the next stud to the right? What else can I do? I am really worried about the structural strength of this wall. This wall is a load bearing wall, and it is on the first floor of a one story ranch.
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If the hole is centered in the stud, I wouldn't worry about it.
This situation is in about every house ever built with no consequences.
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What concerns me the most about this situation is the fact that this wall is perpendicular to the ceiling joists, so they sit on top of this wall. Will adding horizontal bracing between the studs on either side of the outside outlet box? Will that make any difference?
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I doubt that hole makes a difference. How wide is the opening with the window in it?
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What concerns me the most about this situation is the fact that this wall is perpendicular to the ceiling joists, so they sit on top of this wall. Will adding horizontal bracing between the studs on either side of the outside outlet box? Will that make any difference?
If it calms you down, do it.
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