2x6 header, insulate or not


Old 04-19-17, 10:19 AM
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2x6 header, insulate or not

Good afternoon, I haven't ever built a header for a 2x6 wall but I am about to build several;

my original plan was to build a solid header with three 2x? and some plywood tossed in to get the thickness needed. In my research I see a lot of people building them by either taking two 2x? with spacers in between them and then stuffing it with insulation or have a one 2x? at the outer edge of two flat 2x6s, one on the top and bottom and then filling the empty space with insulation.

I live in upstate NY, should I be building a header that I can insulate or will I be fine with a solid header? I am a novice when it comes to framing so if there is another option I would like to hear it.

thank you.
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Old 04-19-17, 11:16 AM
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Depends on the load if you actually need it tripled. Sometimes you can double it, shove it to the exterior, and foam the inside.
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I did a bunch and just used 3 2x6's plus a 1" layer of rigid. Very strong and the 1" provides some peace of mind as a thermal break.

You didn't mention what header height you are shooting for?

For some reading, not that I like everything they do, here is a link to advanced framing techniques.

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thanks, that will be handy to have,

as for the height, do you mean 2x6 vs 2x10? I originally was going to use 2x10 but I have seen 2x12 getting thrown around a lot so I was going to talk with our codes officer and see what he would like to see. I have 3 openings that will be roughly 72".
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