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TLO
Add wall header
TLO

I have an unfinished attic with vaulted ceilings. On the short side walls they ran the studs vertically up to the rafters without any header. The 2x4 studs meet the 2x4 rafters at a 35 degree angle. I can't hang drywall without a header. I would like to remove every other stud for a larger opening and place a header across the open space. Anyone have a good idea how to do that? I was thinking of ripping a 2x6 at 35 degrees on the long edge and the notching out the front half of the stud and inserting the header. That's going to be a lot of work. Does anyone have a better idea?
I can't upload pictures. I tried.
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Thomas

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

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It is hard to understand what you're describing, a picture would be of great value. To me, it sounds like just adding blocking would be the best/easiest method to achieve your goal. Unless you have a good reason for modifying the existing framing, it is far better to leave it alone.

TLO
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TLO
Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Unless they were really good carpenters or had planned for that area to be finished, the odds are that those 'studs' don't line up well enough to hang rock on. Get three blocks of wood the same thickness. Tack one on each end with a taut string pulled across their thickness, then use the third block as a gauge between the string and the 'studs'. Do top and bottom. Anything more that a 1/8" variation will have to be rectified. If you find most as set badly (which is the norm) the easy fix is to 'sister' 2X4's on one side of each projecting out enough to end up straight. Use string lines to keep it all flat as you go. While you're at it, check the rafters or ceiling joists similarly.

Now that you've got 2 flat surfaces, added blocking between the sections gives you support for the sheetrock. That blocking doesn't need to be beveled, just set the edges of the lower and upper blocks together to form the "v". Don't forget to allow for and install insulation and if needed channels on top to provide for ridge venting. And add an access door to get into any areas which are going to be closed off.

As much as it is tempting to go with whatever is there as-is, don't. The line where wall and ceiling meets will be very visible in the finished room and unless it's straight it will look like total crap. It must be at least checked and fixed where necessary. I'm a great fan of using this otherwise wasted space when it can be done easily and if done well it looks great too.

Phil

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