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    Default Header Size? 2x8, 2x10, or 2x12

    I'm cutting in a 7' wide door/window combo in a bearing wall...what size timbers should I use?

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    Default Re: Header Size? 2x8, 2x10, or 2x12

    thanks for your reply...no point load, but this is a two story house with attic, and this is in the gable end. Would you beef it up to 3-2x12, or are 2x10's over-engineered in most cases and sufficient in most timber houses?

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    Default Re: Header Size? 2x8, 2x10, or 2x12

    even though its in the gable end wall, a large opening like that can deflect in heavy winds which makes the wall shudder. a beefier header can help eliminate this. use construction adhesive for the plys and even glue the sheathing to the studs. this will strengthen it immensely
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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