I need to frame a small header in my kitchen exterior wall for a range hood exhaust because the 8" hole is dead center on a stud (of course). It's a 2 story 1941 house with 2x4s 16 on center.
The problem is there is no bottom plate on the left wall cavity for the jack stud to sit on due to a furnace return duct. (getting rerouted)
I can't really open up the wall any further without removing cabinetry. Seems like I have 2 options.
- Add the jack stud using structural screws to attach the king stud. Probably also toenail the header.
- No jack stud, attach header with a structural L bracket.
Am I overthinking this? Any suggestions?