if this wall is not load bearing, why is there such a big header?
In preparation for a kitchen remodel, I had a structural engineer determine if two short walls coming to the kitchen are load bearing. He measured the various walls and gave me a statement they are not. I just opened the wall next to a door in one of these walls and I see there is a serious header over it. The top of the door is bridged by 3 2X10"s sandwiched around 2 1/2" plywood boards. All rest on a couple of 2X6s that frame the doorway. These 2X6s are nailed to 2X6 studs. And another 2X6 come down to rest on the header.
OK, so I have a superficial understanding of loads, but why would Toll Bros do all this if it isn't a supporting structure? Should I speak again to the engineer about this?
My main objective in all this is to turn this doorway into a passage way. If I could safely remove those 2X6s that frame the doorway and keep the header, I would be happy. Can this be done in some manner? For instance, is there something like serious L-brackets that would safely transfer the load to the 2X6 stud next to the door frame? Assuming this can be done?