Top plate to beam connection?


Old 11-22-05, 10:26 AM
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Top plate to beam connection?

I am framing a basement wall to the underside of a steel beam. Can I use
some adhesive to adhere my top plate to the bottom of the beam? I am
assuming that a mechanical fastener is out of the question.
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Old 11-22-05, 11:16 AM
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Here is what I did

I asked my building deptartment about this exact thing. They told me that as long as the was wasn't load bearing it was fine to use the adhesive but they also wanted it strapped to the beam every couple of feet or so. They told me to use metal plummers strapping.
Old 11-23-05, 10:53 AM
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This has been discussed before. You can do search for more details.

Typically the top plate is fastened to the beam with either nails (shotgun style) or bolts. The easiest method is the nails. These methods have no impact on the strength of the beam.

Metal strapping? How would you install drywall if there is strapping holding the wall to the beam?
Old 11-27-05, 05:15 PM
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A heavy duty sub-floor adhesive will do the trick. Once that stuff drys, the wall isn't moving!
Old 11-28-05, 05:48 AM
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I am currently remodeling my basement, and the I have many steel beams. I'm using a good drill and sharp bits to drill pilot holes then attaching 2x4s with bolts. This method is fast and the 2x4s give me options for attaching sheetrock and lighting fixtures.

Hope this helps.
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