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What size lintel for internal french doors.

Hi, i am wanting to put a set of internal french doors 46" wide into a load bearing wall, the wall is single brick in the centre of the house which is a 1950 semi detached property. The wall above is also single brick, then the attic space.
My question is what size concrete lintel will i need?


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I would go for a steel beam personally but you could also use a 100 x 65mm reinforced concrete lintel or a catnic. You should also fix padstones umder either end , the minimum bearing is 150mm each end so a 46" opening should require a minimum 1500mm lintel. As the wall is loadbearing you will need building regulation approval also & they may require a structural calculation , which you must obtain before work begins.


Answered 12th Dec 2012

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