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Old 07-15-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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I have a back wall to my house. It is load bearing and I believe it may have a beam in it or at least headers above the 3 sliding doors across the back. I want to replace 2 of the sliders with some windows. I want to replace 1 slider with a new one.

I thought I could pull out the sliders and frame accordingly for windows and just pop in the new slider. A friend tells me I need to build a temporary wall to carry the weight. How could sliding doors be carrying weight right now? Is that possible? I guess the temporary wall isn't a bad idea, but is it necessary?

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I have a back wall to my house. It is load bearing and I believe it may have a beam in it or at least headers above the 3 sliding doors across the back. I want to replace 2 of the sliders with some windows. I want to replace 1 slider with a new one.

I thought I could pull out the sliders and frame accordingly for windows and just pop in the new slider. A friend tells me I need to build a temporary wall to carry the weight. How could sliding doors be carrying weight right now? Is that possible? I guess the temporary wall isn't a bad idea, but is it necessary?
Not necessary at all. As long as you don't touch the king and jack studs. You can always close the opening from bigger to smaller, or put the new window or door in the same opening. Windows and doors do not support any load, the headers do.

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If you are going bigger then you need to support and redo the header.
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I agree with Joe and mae-ling
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I have a back wall to my house.
Don't we all.

(If you had needed to put in a temporary wall, you would never have been able to open the sliders in the first place. Your friend needs to join a site such as this to learn a little more!).
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Makes perfect sense. Thanks everyone.

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