I have been asked about installing a pocket door in place of an existing 2-6 door in a bearing wall of a 1930's house. Does anyone have a good suggestion how to support roof loads while I remove existing header and studs in order to install a new header across a 5'-wide opening for the pocket door frame?
House 24' wide by about 35'long; hardwood floors over 1x6 subfloor boards; flat roof; center wall runs front to back supported under the floorboards by a 4x6 beam set on piers (outside walls are on concretefoundation). I am pretty sure that the joists that support the flat roof do not span the whole width of the house but rather span from outside walls to the center wall. Interior walls and ceilings are of course lath and plaster.
Thanks in advance.