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    DustinBH Posts: 34, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 28, 2006, 02:47 PM
    New framing on old wall
    I am about to undertake some remodeling on my master bath and let me explain the setup first. From my master bad to the sink area of the bathroom there is a half wall with 2 supports because it is a load bearing wall. I want to tear this out and put a pocket door in and make the wall a full one. Separating the sink from the toilet/shower is a door and full wall (non-load bearing) that I want to tear out. What I am wondering is, what do I have to do special because it is a load bearing wall, and since the pocket door will be most of the framing is it even possible to use it in a LB wall?
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    Aug 30, 2006, 09:35 AM
    You have to put in a header above the total length of the pocket door system to carry the above weight. So if you are installing a 3' door the pocket door system will be 6' long. You need a header to span over this whole 6' "opening".

    What do you have above that this wall is load bearing? Is it another floor or ceiling w/ attic above?
    This will determine what type of header you need to carry the weight above the door opening.
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    DustinBH Posts: 34, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 30, 2006, 05:14 PM
    It is kind of weird to describe, it is the side wall for my bedroom, there is no attic above because it is a 18 ft ceiling that goes straight to the roof. Right now it is kind of a rectangular archway and I plan on making it a doorframe. I plan on putting in a 24 in. door so I need 48", I have 55.5 so I should be good there.

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