Originally Posted by mae-ling
The question is is that wall a supporting wall? Or did someone just put a header in because that is what they do for every door?
If it is not supporting then no header is needed at all.
i presume this is in response to my post?
the 2x4 wall in the photo is the main bearing wall running along the axis of the house. house is one story and at the staircase at least, there is no main floor wall above the stud wall. kind of hard to see in the photo but some of those joists are continuous spans running the width of the house, about 35'. definitely need a header/lintel.
it would seem to me it would be okay to remove the double top plate where the new lvl will go. i could strap the lvl to the existing stud wall at the end for additional stiffness, if needed. i looked at some photos online and it looks like most lvl applications in a header configuration had a double top plate so that is what prompted the question. not sure if it is needed as part of a renovation.