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Old 11-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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I'm attempting to open up the space under my basement stairs and I noticed this header 2x4 is right under the joist. Would it be safe to take one of these vertical 2x4's out to make a larger opening for storage? Any help would be appreciated...Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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Not structural--a partition---

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I was thinking of doubling up on the 2x4's - two on the end, take one out, and then double it up again...Just so I have a 30-32" opening...
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If you are putting in a door to close off the space, yes moving one stud over, and adding another would allow you to keep that entry from flexing, when you open and close the door.
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That partition was added after the reaming of the floor--after the basement floor was added---it is not holding any thing up---

If the partition is to be finished with drywall---double the end 2x4s to keep the wall ends straight---

If you add a doorway--those studs need to be doubled for enough strength to hols a door and nail in trim.
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the others are right.. its just a partition wall.. only reason i can figure using the double 2x4 header isnt for keeping things straight but to provide more meat to nail header trim to
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Keep safety in mind: "R302.7 Under-stair protection. Enclosed accessible space under stairs shall have walls, under-stair surface and any soffits protected on the enclosed side with 1⁄2-inch (12.7 mm) gypsum board" From: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_3_par059.htm

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