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Best way to join two separate wall frames for a long run

Best way to join two separate wall frames for a long run


Old 01-14-14, 02:53 AM
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Best way to join two separate wall frames for a long run

When building a wall longer than your top/bottom plates, is there any advantage to either of these methods of joining the walls besides saving a 2x4?

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Old 01-14-14, 03:24 AM
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The 1st method is quicker, easier and probably stronger.
Old 01-14-14, 04:06 PM
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I would advise against using the lower detail, with a single stud straddling the top and bottom members' butt joints. Reason being that there isn't enough meat to adequately toe-nail the stud's ends in place, without splintering (and ruining) the ends of the flat plates. Doing that will result in a very loose stud.

A possible way to avoid same is to bridge the butt joints with short (14-1/2") flat members, nailed tight to the plates, before cutting and installing a shortened stud to fit between them.
Old 01-14-14, 09:34 PM
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Top detail is never done... at least not 'round here. Lower detail is commonly done, but it's often avoidable. Splices in the top and bottom plate will usually be done at partition intersections and over headers. Splices in the double top plate (the one on top) are usually no closer than 4 ft from splices in the top plate (the lower one of the two).

As with any type of construction, a general rule of thumb is to always use the longest board that is possible and practical, so that unnecessary joints are avoided. In other words, don't build a 16' long wall with a bunch of 8ft pieces for your top and bottom plates. Get 16's.

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