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ord27 12-07-2010 2:12 PM

advice from construction guys
hey WakeWorlders!
I am installing interior french doors between the kids' den ( formal living room) and my office (dining room). The doors are the pre hung variety that require a rough opening of 50" by 82". I need to build the rough opening.
A couple of questions:
1) I need to extend a wall by 2.5'. I know that I need to cut out the carpet underneath the sole plate, but do I need to cut the sheet rock off of the ceiling and existing wall to hang the vertical support and the top plate?this little extension will then turn the corner for the wall that will actually hold the doors.

2) In order for the wall extension to eventually look like it was part of the original wall the whole time, what measurement do I make so that my sole plate is in the correct location. I compensate for a piece of 5/8 inch sheet rock, but do I allow for any more thickness for tape,bed,and texture?

3) are there any tricks or advice to creating a header?

4) one side of the rough opening will be an existing wall. should I frame that with 2x4's or just shim the french door unit right to the textured wall?

I know it's a bunch. I'm a decent do it yourselfer, just wanting some guidance

thanks in advance!

bmcgee 12-07-2010 4:14 PM

1) It's not necessary to remove the drywall before putting in the top plate. Just make sure your ceiling joists run perpendicular to the wall, that way you have something solid to screw the top plate into.

2) Sheetrock comes with "grooves" (for lack of a better word) along all four sides from the factory. This allows for whatever additional thickness you might encounter from tape/mud/texture. Just make sure that you have a "grooved" edge butting up against the old sheetrock.

3) For the header, I've always just used a piece of 1/2in. plywood sandwiched between two 2x4's, 2x6's, etc... You might throw a little liquid nails in between them for good measure..

4). I would probably frame it in with a 2x4 just for good measure. That way you don't have to worry about the drywall compressing/crumbling when you try to shim it. The existing wall might not be completely plumb, this way you shim the 2x4 until its plumb which might save you some time when your ready to hang the door.

good luck

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