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Old 08-02-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Can someone help me how to remove a 20 inch stud on a bearing wall and rebuild this stud safely? I want to install a piece of art recessed to the wall. However, there is a stud on a bearing wall which is centered at the location of my art frame


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As it's a load bearing wall, you would open the wall and frame it to compensate for the loss of a stud. This will require a small header bordered on each side by jack and king studs.
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Ron,

What if I just build a rectangle 2x4 box with approximatly 32 inch wide and 20 inch high 2x4 box. The box will be attached to the existing studs: one on the right and one on the on the left. The 20 inch box height wiil be attached the cut out stud. I feel not comfortable at all. Please advise

Otherwise, I have to add two new studs from bottom to top next to the opening, and then cut off the stud.

Thanks for your prompt response.

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I don't think the 2x4 will carry the load. What sort of load is on the wall?
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This is a case where art will have to yield to structure. The header and jack studs scenario that Ron described is the proper way to bridge this space.
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How wide does the recessed area need to be?
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Ron, what do you mean "a small header bordered on each side by jack and king studs" ? I am not sure to understand the building code terminology. My guess is 2x4 is not king stud?


To All,

Thanks for your advice so far.

Let me summarize my work.

I have a piece of art with 17 inch wide and 20 inch high with a maximum of 3 inch depth.
This art would be mounted recessed to the wall.
This wall is a bearing wall with the shower on the second floor. Behide this wall is kitchen cabinet

The art has to be mounted in center which happens to be right on the stud.
So far, the dry wall was cut with the opening 17inch and 20 inch high.

Option1: Cut dry wall from the ceiling to the bottom and add two full 8 feet 2x4 studs (I have 8 foot ceiling)spacing about 17 inch. And then cut the obstacle stud and build the box around the two new studs. I beleive this option is safe, but I have to cut more dry wall to make it work.

Option 2: Build an outside rectangle box 2 x4 with a dimension about 32 inch wide, 20 inch high. Then make an inside box with a dimension about 17 inch wide, 20 inch high for the art. When it is done, 20 inch of the obstacle stud will be cut and the rectangle box will be placed in the middle. The rectangle box will be attached to two existing studs: one on the right and one on the left. The box is also attached to the remaining of the cut out stud. I do not know this option is safe or not, but it will save me time to do drywall.

Option 3: Build the way that Ron described with :a small header bordered on each side by jack and king studs" . this will need to cut the drywall out from the ceiling to the floor


Please advise which option will be good to go. Is there any other options?

Thanks all.

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Option 3.
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