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Old 09-19-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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I currently have a 9ft exterior opening with a 3 panel sliding glass door. I would like to narrow it to 6ft to add a french door. This will allow me to have a little extra room for a kitchen expansion.


I don't want to replace the header. My plan is to add 1 1/2 ft base plates to each side. As far as framing goes, I was just going to add two jack studs to both sides of the french door. Do you see any problems doing it this way? I will need to get it inspected.

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Thats the way I would do it. No reason to replace the header. How will you match the exterior finish?

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sounds like a plan to me
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Works for me. Just make sure the expanded kitchen does not require a cavity directly in that 18" run (e.g, plumbing that needs to shoot up the wall).

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also when you put the new plates down to make it smaller make sure their in line with the existing wall.. if their off kilter and you go to hang a door in the opening it will create a major headache
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Thats the way I would do it. No reason to replace the header. How will you match the exterior finish?
It's board and batten. I replaced a lot of it on the backside last year. I'm will hide the cut with with a batten.
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Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.

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