How to do support for a balloon framed wall for header beam install
I have a house built in 1896. I am trying to remove the section of wall highlighted in red on the first floor plan below. This is a balloon framed wall that is the exterior wall on the second floor. Joists (family room) run left to right in the drawing.
I have a couple of questions:
1. How is the best way to support the load temporarily while I remove the bottoms of the studs and add the header.
2. Is there an easy way to "bury" the header up into the ceiling more. One problem with this is that the ceiling in the family room and office are different heights.
First photo shows the wall framing. The second show ceiling and the 1x4 that is let into the studs that the supports the joists.