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Old 01-23-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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Garage door headers

When framing a garage door should my headers for the garage door be 3 1/2 inches longer than the opening? Or longer? Or the same width as the door? Also I have the same question on the height I have 3 garage doors they will all be 8ft tall.
The wall framing is 2*6 I was going to build the headers out of 2*12s.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:36 PM   #2
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I would go double 2x6 studs each side of door (rough opening) backed up by a 2x6 king stud going to plate height. Bear in mind I am not a pro carpenter!
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Since you have 3 garage doors, I take it they are probably 8' wide? The header is wider than the door since you have a 2x6 under each end supporting it, basically wider by a 2x6 on each side. If you have a lot of weight over the door, you could double the supports on the ends.

You can download the rough-in spec sheet for the garage door that you are buying and it will show you the rough-in opening.
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Thanks guys. This will be my biggest job to date building a 24 by 40 shop at my house. 3 garage doors 9 by 8 and two 8 by 8s.
I have all the concrete poured looking to start building next weekend.
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Thanks guys. This will be my biggest job to date building a 24 by 40 shop at my house. 3 garage doors 9 by 8 and two 8 by 8s.
I have all the concrete poured looking to start building next weekend.
We need progress pictures!
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We need progress pictures!
I will start a new thread for it soon once I have some progress lol. its been a year in the making saving and planning.
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