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westerman2006

11:00AM | 08/27/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
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I would like to know the draw backs/requirements to putting a pocket door in the load bearing wall of my basement.

Piffin

01:22PM | 08/29/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
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a poxcket door framed into a load bearing wall requires a openning size twice as wide as the door. That requires a header that is larger - sized to handle the load applied to it. that load is calculated based on the design of the rest of the house - length of joists loaded onto it, the number of floors above transferring load down onto it, whether the 4roof is trussed or stick framed and how...

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westerman2006

03:59PM | 08/30/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
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Thanks Piffin...so, if I understood...it can be done but as my wall stands it would basically need to be totally redone...

Which leads me to ask - is there another type of door other than a traditional hinged door/or pocket door that does not take up so much floor space?
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