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Old 04-26-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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Is It 2X4 Or 2X6 Necessary At Bottom Of Header?


Install bunch of headers in remodeling project. I do not see structural purpose of 2X at bottom of double 2x10 or 2X8 headers. It is easier for me slide in header without bottom 2X, like I did 7 and 3/16 cut in long bearing stud. Are 2X at bottom of header only for nailing of trim? Maybe in 2X6 walls they are to spread load more even, like double header sit at only 3 of trim stud?
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It is a spacer, no structural value.

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Its just nicer for finishing.
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keeps you from nailing drywall into the header
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Also it is something solid to nail/screw to. There have been many of times when I went to install some blinds and where I need the bracket to go is right between the sandwich header. This of course is when the window is wrapped with sheetrock.
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We notch the top jacks for 2x6 walls, lots of backing for trim on both sides of the wall

For 2x4 walls we just throw a piece of 7/16 between the header.
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