Installing a 6’ sliding door

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Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Ginofav1 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:53 pm

Hello all , I am looking to install a 6ft sliding glass door in my single level ranch house . I am running into the problem of installing a header . I have low ceilings and not enough room under double 2x4 top plate to install a header . I have an interesting construction at the house . There is a double top plate with ceiling joist on top of that , then I have a triple 2x4 plate with rafters on top of that . I was thinking I could cut the double top plate and put a 9inch laminate beam for my header . Suggestions??
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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Shannon » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:20 pm

That is odd construction.
Your plan seems doable to me. Be sure to temp. support the joists while you remove the double plate and install the double 2x10
Header. Is you plan to cut the ceiling joists off and insert the beam right up under the triple 2x4 plates? If so be sure to use joist hangers to re attach the joists to new beam face.
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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Ginofav1 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:43 pm

Thank you for the response !
The plan was to cut the the double 2x4 top plate , cut the joist back (using shoring post ) insert the 2x10s and re attach joist with hangers . Do you think the triple 2x4 will be sufficient to act as the top plate ?

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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Shannon » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:19 pm

Absolutely it will . The normal as far as I have ever seen is double top plate.
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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Ginofav1 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:25 pm

Great thank you very much , I will be sure to show my work .

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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:21 am

I just had a similar situation where I was moving a wall and had to install a header into the attic. Sounds like you've got a similar plan. Definitely add supports to carry the load while you remove the wall and install the header. I'd say you can cut into the three 2x4 plates as well, if need be. That wire will have to be relocated, as it will be in the way of the door and header.

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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Ginofav1 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:20 am

Great thank you , I was going to use shoring post but I am going to build a temp wall just to be safe . Also going to get into the crawl space and transfer any load down to poured concrete slab . 2x10 should work for 6’door if my calculations are correct

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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Ginofav1 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:21 am

Double 2x10 that is

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Re: Installing a 6’ sliding door

Post by Shannon » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:00 pm

Yes double 2x10 header should be fine
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