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Old 05-16-2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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how to-create doorway in load bearing wall

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We're renovating our kitchen and want to put a doorway from the kitchen to the dining room and it's a load bearing wall. It has a pass-thru already cut into the wall. We want to fill in about 9" of the passthru and then start the doorway from there for a total width of 51". The wall is supporting one floor above and the roof, of course There is an attic but it's not finished and we never go up there (no storage or anything).

The total wall length is 10.5'.

A step-by-step guide would be appreciated (and maybe even a link to a CANADIAN permit guide?).


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Need to know if it is wood or metal studs. If wood, you are going to have to open the wall over the passthrough to see what size header was installed and how it was put in there. There should be a jack stud supporting the header on each side.
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is the doorway going where the passthrough is now?
if it is you probably just need to cut down to the floor and you have your opening. but like Teetorbilt said open the wall up to see whats in there before you do anything. photos would be helpful also.
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It is difficult from your description to understand exactly what the existing structure is and what you have planned.

If this is a load bearing wall then I would strongly advise you to hire either an architect or a structural engineer to inspect the existing structure and design a solution for you. In fact, depending on the permit process and requirements in your area, you may need to submit drawings that illustrate the existing framing and support and the planned modifications.
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