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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?
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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