My broad question is what tools/technique to use to remove (in order to replace) load-bearing studs and headers on an existing wall with lap siding nailed into said studs. Any videos or tips are appreciated!
I'm remodeling my bathroom and have a 40"x36" rough window that appears to have insufficient support after removing the interior walls.
I believe I'm supposed to replace this with 2-2x6 top plate, plus new continuous jack studs, keeping the existing king studs and installing a slightly narrower sill plate. This seems fine, but I'm not sure on the mechanics of how to remove the existing structure? The sheathing (around 1x7 wood lap siding) is nailed into each of the studs, which are nailed to one another. Given the continuous top plate and temporary nature of the fix, I think I don't need to build a temporary support wall.
If my framing plan is bad, please let me know, but mine is mostly a question of technique. My plan is roughly:
- Remove the window to expose to rough opening.
- Use a pry bar and chisel to pull any accessible nail heads.
- Use a pry bar to try to tease apart the quasi-jack studs from the king stud and use a reciprocating saw to break the nails.
- Try to pull the stud away from the siding, bracing my pry bar with some plywood to avoid putting a hole through my house. As soon as siding nails are accessible, if the stud doesn't pull easily, cut with a multitool.
- Use a reciprocating saw to cut the headers and sill plate in half and pry them loose from the studs that I assume are face-nailed in to them.
- Use a multitool and plyers/hammer to round/break off broken nails.
- Use a hand saw/reciprocating saw to cut the remaining studs to length.
Any tips/tricks I missed, or things I should pay attention to?
I'd like to maintain the existing rough width since I have the replacement window on hand fitting the rough width.