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Old 09-07-2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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I have a 9' picture window in my living room that I'll be replacing with a smaller bay window. The existing RO is 9' 6". My plan was shrink the RO to 7' 6" and install the new window this weekend. I pulled down all the plaster and lathe around the window tonight and was surprised that I didn't find a header. It looks like originally there were 3 individual windows installed and when the contractors installed the picture window in, they simply cut the studs that were separating the windows.
There is a 4x6 that runs the entire length of the front of the house. It plays the part of the top and sole plate between the floors.
This is a load bearing wall on the first story of a 2 story house. Do you think I can just use a double 9 1/4" lvl for the 7.5' span? I think it should be overkill but I want to get this thing in tomorrow.

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So what are you going to do with that picture window?

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Old 09-08-2007, 08:35 AM   #3
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It looks like even though it's Saturday, the lumberyard will be able to help me with the header sizing.

Smitty, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. It's a real low end window ("American Craftsman" possibly), about 10-12 years old and it has some frosting; a very limited budget job. If the original remodeling owner would have left the 3 windows, I probably would have kept the spirit of the house and replaced them with 3 windows. This window just made the house look cheap and it was much too large for this style window on this style house.
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I asked because I'm putting a 6x5 picture window in my bathroom over the tub. The window is from Pella. I was hoping it would have been a better quality glass I may have asked to buy it from you. Thanks for the info. and i hope you project turns out like you hope.
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The answer from the lumberyard was, in fact, 2 9.5" lvl boards.
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