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Old 11-07-2012, 12:28 AM   #16
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what is the rough opening height of the door you are planning on using?
I don't have a door yet. 80" Was just the minimum I had in the event this part of the house is ever subdivided into a separate unit.

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2x6 is 5.5"
Most doors need a minimum of 2"-2.5" clearance.
so you have about 8" off your height plus 1.5" for the single top plate is 9.5"
9.5" off 85.5 is 76" for the door. Way to small for me. Wouldn't meet code here.

thought you had 82" plus double top plate of 3" so 85" not 85.5?

To put header on ends of rafters have to rip apart the roof - yep, it's a pain.
Would I still need that extra clearance if it was a non-pre hung door? What is the benefit of leaving that extra top plate intact instead of tying it together with steel strapping?

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Old 11-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #17
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top plates add lateral stability to a wall, and support vertical loads from above. if only a single plate is left then the floor joists have to line up with the studs before.

rough openings for doors typically runs an inch or two large than the door. you could use a shorter door, maybe a 78" this would pick up some. never want to try and figure a job to the 1/4" because you may find something a little off once you get it torn apart, know what I mean?
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top plates add lateral stability to a wall, and support vertical loads from above. if only a single plate is left then the floor joists have to line up with the studs before.

rough openings for doors typically runs an inch or two large than the door. you could use a shorter door, maybe a 78" this would pick up some. never want to try and figure a job to the 1/4" because you may find something a little off once you get it torn apart, know what I mean?
Why would the joists need to line up with the studs? Wouldn't there be a header in place to distribute the joist load instead of the top plate? I'm not planning on removing the top plate anywhere but where a new header will be installed
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sounds like a plan .... just run it past your building official first
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Here that would not be allowed. Have to have at least one top plate.

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