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Cutting the top plate - Load Bearing Wall


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07-28-06, 11:38 PM   #1  
Cutting the top plate - Load Bearing Wall

Thanks in advance.

Alright, can I cut the double top plate of a load bearing wall and then bridge it together with a metal strap?

I have removed the soffits in my kitchen and am now seeing that the heating/cooling runs stopped before the top plate, ran into the soffit and then up into the space between the floor joists.

I would like to extend the duct that is in the wall, up past the top plate. This way I will be directly in th space between the floor joist.

I friend stated that I could cut the top plate as long as I bridged it with a thick metal strap.

 
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07-29-06, 06:13 AM   #3  
I will need to remoe a 8 inch section of top plate between where the joist sit so that I can extend the heat duct upwards. Can I use a strap tie to span that 8 inch section?

 
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07-29-06, 09:55 PM   #4  
Minimum, MST 24 ea. side.

 
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