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Old 01-06-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Need assistance determining header specifications

I'm doing some remodelling and one of the projects I have is converting the unused "pocket" spaces on both sides of a bay window area into usable space for shelving.
The area itself is on the top floor of a three story rowhome in philadelphia that has a flat roof (so have to account for snow load). A link to a picture is posted at the end of this article so you can get a good idea of the space in question.

Each pocket area is roughly 5ft across. The existing framing is old school 2 3/4 x 3 3/4.

My current plan for each "pocket" area, is to remove the two middle studs (after building a temporary support), use 2x6's for the king and jack studs, and span the distance with a header made up of 2 2x12's sandwitching 1" thick plywood.
I'm not an engineer, so I have no idea of this set up would support the load correctly or if this would be overkill so I thought I'd post here to see if someone could provide some assistance.
Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 01-06-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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I'm puzzled as to why you would cut into an exterior wall to install storage. Why not just build out the whole wall to whatever depth you need without messing with the insulation/framing?


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