Forum Title: Supporting open foyer entry wall when reframing dor opening
I'm putting a new double door in my entryway that is about 3-4 wider than the existing single with sidelights. I know that I need to put in a new header, and move out the studs to widen the rough opening. My question is regarding supporting the weight while replacing the header. I've always seen that when replacing the headers in load-bearing walls, that you brace between the ceiling and the floor to support the weight. However, my entryway has an open foyer, so the ceiling is 18 ft high. Since it's an open foyer, is there still significant weight that I would need to brace? Or does the top plate from the first floor help distribute the weight from the second floor wall and the roof? Thanks much!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: HENRY K (Raleigh, NC), 01/10/2019

Hi and welcome to the forum! Can you be more specific? Is the valance attached to the curtains or are they separate? What kind of heading does it have (i.e. rodpocket, flat, pinchpleat)? If they're separate with rodpockets, you need either 2 rods (one that projects out 2 more than the other) or you can buy a double rod.

- TERRY NGUYEN (Porterville, CA), 02/14/2019

Pulled off interior drywall

- TERRY KLEIN (Racine, WI), 02/25/2019 may help. If the rim is continuous you probably won't have much to worry about with the second floor. Don't dally, though, work fast and get the support in as soon as possible.....bang, bang. Still need to see the pix to make sure of the proposition.

- Timothy Gob (Lehigh, PA), 02/09/2019

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