Top Plate Attachment

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Old 01-18-07, 11:55 AM
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I just started finishing my basement. Where the perimeter partition wall will run along the poured foundation wall and the floor joists above run parallel, I'll install cross blocking. However; in two places, HVAC ducting has been installed and it is impossible to put any cross blocking between the joists for about 5' of the two 12' walls. Any ideas?

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Old 01-18-07, 04:14 PM
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Double the top plate across this 5 ft. span and you should be fine.
 
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Old 01-19-07, 12:06 PM
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I'd prefer not to double the top plate. Both foundation walls also have a hopper window under the sill plate (english basement) in this area. I'd like a smooth transition when I drywall the ceiling.

Also, at the end of one wall there is an I-Beam before the foundation turns for a bump out. So the partition wall will need to step down under the I-Beam before attaching to the perpendicular partition wall.

Could I use a couple of brackets to attached the top plate to the sill plate?

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