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I am going to put a closet in a hallway on a load-bearing wall. I onl
have room for a 20" door which means I will have to cut one stud an about 22" span between studs. Do I need a header above the door t support the one stud I will cut (which means I'd probably have to g with an 18" door)
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Good building practice requires a header. There are many ways to accomplish this and you have no reason to restrict yourself to an 18"door.
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Its not that I don't WANT to support the stud. Due to other limiation
in the hallway, I have about 22" between studs. I thought it would be good place to put a door to a closet. I don't have enough room to put traditional header above the doorway. If a header would not be require for the relatively short span, I could put a doorway in. That was m thinking. If good building practices require a header even for that 22 distance, then I will forget about putting a door there
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jrlford wrote:

New construction or retrofit? How much headroom is there? What's the wall supporting? Can you simply put in a slightly shorter door if you don't have the headroom? A steel angle or other arrangement could probably be adequate.
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If this is a load bearing wall - that stud has downward pressure on it. Why do you not want to support it?

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