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This was today's gumption trap.

The damage seems to go up about 2 1/2" and is pretty much localized to this one spot. It's marked on the face 9 1/4"x 8' 1 1/4" x 3 1/4" so 2x10s doubled.

The nailer 2x4 on the bottom is pulled away, since its jack stud is tied to the next room's structure that has settled away from a little. Top edge is a furring strip since there was no spacers between the 2x...)

Does this need to be replaced?

If so, how hard is this likely to be to extract and replace working from outside?

Will I need to build a temp wall inside out of 2x while I work on it?

Window is nearly 8' long
 

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Two story or ? Do the trusses/rafters run perpendicular to the window? Be safe, G
 

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Sorry--single story flat roof. I'm assuming that the rafters run at right angles to this header. Roof is flat--maybe 10" rafter depth. I have plans for some of the lower framing, but not the rafter/roof section.

The larger beam on the left hand side is the perimeter beam of the post and beam center portion of the house.
 

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Roof and ceiling only requires 2-2x10's to span 8'5" safely. That with a house width of 20'.

2-2x8's only span 6'10" with a 20' house width.

A 28' house width needs 2-2x12's to safely span 8'5". Replace the 2x8's with 2x10's sandwich 1/2" ply, eliminate the bottom 2x4 header filler. If the 2x4 support near the cross beam is rotten, replace to get 1-1/2" of bearing, by full width of the built header. Be safe, G
 

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GBAR, thanks for your response--I did assume that I would replace like with like, and put the 2x10s back. If I don't space down with the 2x as they did, I'm not sure how to get the window opening right, but I'll see what it looks like topside...

I guess I was hoping there would be some clever way of patching without ripping everything apart.:)

The jack stud looks OK--in fact we replaced the corner of the wall structure under the window already and it was sound to the ground.

Thanks
 

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I can honestly say I'm glad I took this apart--had a contractor friend check it out & he seconded the idea I could deal with it.

Pretty ugly once the siding was off--lots of moisture damage and carpenter ant trails--yuck.

The scary thing is that the POs had this corner apart when they did the roof deck repair--and skated right by--even scabbed a couple of 2x4s on the face of the worst rafter tail so they could nail their deck on & keep going.

I think the 2x4 on the bottom edge was a compromise since it seems like there is not quite enough height for a full 2x10 sandwich. I'll check more closely once I have the window out. The other unusual thing is that the existing outside 2x8 has been notched into the post of the post & beam of the adjoining section, so I may have to do the sandwich up in the air...

I'm still waiting for a nice day when I can get started early for the full removal, but I have almost everything unbuttoned & ready to go.:thumbsup:
 

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Hard to get good help these days. Glad you had a second opinion. Thank you for posting back, as that alone is a seldom seen thing. Let us know how it finishes. Be safe, G
 
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