Widening entry door - temporary support
My entry door doesn't presently have a header over it, but I'm widening the opening to accommodate a 36" door. I'm afraid of bowing the double top plate as I remove the existing door frame
I've seen people build temporary walls next to load-bearing walls when they widen an exterior rough opening or replace an exterior door header. What support does a temporary wall provide when I have a simple stick-framed roof? No significant downward force is being exerted on my 19' ceiling joists, which are comprised of 2x4s lapped in the middle of the span (without any support). I can understand why someone would support the rafters somehow, but I don't know how to accomplish this task without ripping out the finished ceiling and damaging the finished floor.
Last edited by benjamincall; 12-10-2010 at 02:52 PM.