Framing a 12 foot wall...

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Old 11-11-09, 11:20 AM
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Framing a 12 foot wall...

I'm putting an addition on my home and one of the exterior walls will be 12 feet high (10' long and sloping down to 8' at the other end - that is the opposite wall is 8' tall). Can I build a regular 8 foot wall (I have the studs) then add a 4 foot section above it?

Or do I have to get 12 foot lumber for studs?

Probably a dumb question, but...
 
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Do you don't need to run wires for lights? If you do, then the plates will make it harder, if you build 8' first.
 
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Questions aren't "dumb", its what you do with the answers that categorized things. It is always best to use full lengths of lumber for exterior walls, but if you do the split, make sure you double plate between the 8' and balance studs. Like Pulpo said, drilling will be a little more difficult, but it's all in a day's work. Good luck with the project, and let us know if we can help further.
 
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Old 11-11-09, 04:08 PM
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You also don't want to have the drywall joint on the double plate if you go with the 8+4 method. It's highly likely the joint would crack there, where both the sheet and the wall plate end. I also vote for the full 12' wall. (2x4x12's cut 140 5/8" long)

Studs for an 8' wall are 92 5/8.
 
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