Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

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Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by mrtomcat » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:03 am

I am building a wall between a hallway and a room, the hallway has a joist from the ceiling that lowers the ceiling quite a bit for about 6" 's in width (kind of like an arch), I want to use that as the anchor point for the top frame plate and then install a door in the center of the new frame. The challenge is that this new wall will be only 83"'s because if the existing joist and with a rough opening of 82" for a door there is no way to put a header on top of the door without cutting the height of the door (which I am ok with doing if needed, but prefer not to). So my question is, since there is no load from the top ceiling do I actually need a header for the door since I am just adding a wall to an existing room structure? note: I need to add that the door will be heavy since it's part of a sound isolation for a recording studio. I do not know if a header helps with the walls structural integrity or if its purpose is to only support ceiling weight?

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Re: Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:47 am

So, you have a wide, arched opening that you want to put a smaller door into. The opening itself should already be framed to support whatever is above it, so you'll simply be narrowing the width of the opening to put in a door which is no big deal and does not require the installation of a header. If you are altering the structure of the wall, then it may be necessary, but that is not what it sounds like you're doing.
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Re: Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:48 am

Also, pics would help explain what you're up to. 8-)
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Re: Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by mrtomcat » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:20 pm

Here's a picture.
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I am building a frame to create a new wall just underneath this entry and a heavy door to get in there

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Re: Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by Shannon » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:02 pm

If you are filling in that existing opening you will be fine because if a header was needed it should already be there under the drywall.
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Re: Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?

Post by mrtomcat » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:50 am

thank you!

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