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beams for wall opening too wide?

5 days ago

Our engineer claims that for our 12 foot opening (sliding glass doors) we will need to add either four 2x12 headers or three 1 3/4 x 12 LVL headers. However our walls are only 3.75" thick with 2x4 construction. We are questioning the advice given that the headers would protrude from the house and we've never seen protruding headers before on any other home.

Any thoughts?

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