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I would not support the steel lintel using the wood header.  Rather, I would extend the angle some distance on either side of the opening and support it on the stone veneer.  The extension distance will vary depending on the load and bearing capacity of the stone.  Supporting the lintel like this is very common.  Check out the Brick Institute for some online lintel design information.



Dan Morrow, P.E.

Swenson Say Fagét Structural Engineers

2124 3rd Ave. Suite 100

Seattle, WA  98121




Original message:

For a residential dwelling with a five inch exterior stone veneer,

the stone is typically anchored to the wood studs w/ metal straps and

rests on the exterior footings


My question is how to support the stone above an opening. It appears

that typically the stone is supported on a galvanized steel angle which

is bolted to the wood header above the opening.


However UBC  sec. 1403.6.2 of volume 1 states: "Noncombustible,

noncorrosive lintels and noncombustible supports shall be provided over all

openings where the veneer unit is not self spanning". Does this mean then

that the headers

supporting stone veneer should be steel members w/steel columns?


Tarek Mokhtar, SE

Laguna Beach, CA