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Old 09-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Using a header hanger for window header balloon framing

Folks, I am replacing an old window, with a new during a massive renovation to a 100-year old farm house.

I have taken out a large window, to find that there is no header-- I expected to find just that.

My thought is to use header hangers by simpson. They claim to be approved by building code, and I know my inspector will pass it (this is not my concern).

My question is if anyone else has use these in the past? I think it will keep the plaster destruction to a minimal, improve the current non-existent header, and be pretty simple to snap a new header in and off to the next project.

The only reason I am considering this is because the new window is significantly shorter, allowing me to keep old framing in place, and simply add this beefy header below the old framework.

Any thoughts about these header hangers?


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Old 09-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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Using a header hanger for window header balloon framing

Post a picture of the opening.
Old ballon framed houses often used over sized timbers instead of the two top plates used now, so a header was only there to have something to attach the trim to, not to carry the weight above.


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They dont build them like they used to.......Thank god!
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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if you are able to cut a notch at the sides ( 1 1/2" minimum) to slip the header into or bear fully onto a 2x framing member this is ideal for any type of header. Depending on the size of the header we have used strong L brackets installed underneath header to hold them up in some older framing situations....
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