Q: In a recent JLC Update newsletter, an author provided a “rule of thumb” for sizing joists. Is there a similar rule for sizing headers?

A: Darren Tracy, P.E., owner of West Branch Engineering, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., responds: Before becoming a licensed professional engineer, I was a contractor. When I had just started my business, I did any kind of job I could find in order to make a living, often working on small remodeling jobs or additions. 

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