Doorway header with limited clearance

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Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by snakedoc » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:10 pm

Installing a new exterior door and moving up to a standard 80" (old one is 78"). I have very limited vertical clearance and need something that can bear the weight of a small eave and span only 4-5'.

Looking for something around 4" high... Steel? DIY flitch plate with 2x4s?

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Re: Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by Shannon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:26 pm

what is the span of your rafters and do you have snow load in your area?
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Re: Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by snakedoc » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:37 pm

Rafters, I believe, are about 18". It's an old house with some varying dimensions. As I am in Massachusetts, we do have snow. The size of the eave is about 10' x 8'.

Maybe nail some LVL 2x4's together?

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Re: Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by Shannon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:45 pm

So by span I mean how far does each rafter span across the house from wall to wall.
The eave is 10' x 8' ?? that makes no sense??
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Post by Shannon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:50 pm

look on this map to determine your area and let me know the snow load value please.https://www.massnailit.com/snow-loads-f ... s-see-map/
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Re: Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by snakedoc » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:05 pm

Right around the 40psf area.

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Re: Doorway header with limited clearance

Post by Shannon » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:35 pm

Ya you will likely need to go to a steel beam > I can't help you with that, its out of my wheel house.
LVL maybe but I have never seen them narrower then maybe 7"
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