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Re: Lintel - What is it and how to use it.

Posted By: Joe
Thursday, 17 May 2001, at 10:17 p.m.

In Response To: Lintel - What is it and how to use it. (Phil Siowtu)

You are extremely confused about just what a 'lintel' is and just what a 'lintel' does...

A 'lintel' is nothing more than a 'header' over a window, door, or arch opening.

In standard WOOD framing a 'lintel' is simply a 2x10 double header which spans and supports the opening above a door or window.

In 'block' framing a 'lintel' is either a masonry solid stone, block, or concrete 'header' that is placed above a structural door or window opening OR CAN BE a steel angle iron sized and formed to span the opening.

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