Thursday, July 12, 2007
Making a Rough Opening in an Existing Wall.
Once you have selected a new door's location and are satisfied that the wall is nonbearing, determine the precise location of the existing studs.
If you can incorporate one of the existing studs into the new framing as a king stud, so much the In this case, measure 1 ½ in. from the side of the stud to the side of the opening. You'll be adding a new jack stud to the existing stud, so the side of the new jack will flush out with the opening. Measure the width of the opening to find the side and use a level to mark both edges. Measure up from the floor to the top of the opening and mark the top with a level.
The only place you'll be cutting through existing framing is across the top of the opening. existing studs will be cut off to become cripple studs. To mark these cuts, measure 3 in. (the thickness of the new double 2X4 header) up.
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