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02-18-16, 07:42 AM   #1  
Build wall under a header

Hello everyone --

I'm going to be updating my retail storefront, and I want to add a non-load bearing wall to it. Here's the problem -- there is already a room dividing header in the space I want to add the wall. Can I just frame the wall below and nail it to the existing header? Below is an example of what I want to do (not the actual space).

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I'm 90% sure that the wall and header are not load bearing. But if they are, could I still frame the wall below? Thanks for the help!

 
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02-18-16, 07:49 AM   #2  
Short answer is yes. It gets more complicated if you want to plan for being able to easily remove the wall and revert back to what you have now.

 
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02-18-16, 08:05 AM   #3  
Load bearing or not it's not an issue, your adding support, not removing it.
I'd be checking with the local code office with questions like do you need to use steel stud's, do you need to add outlets along that wall.
How does is that wall going to effect the emergency exits?
Different rules when it come to commercial space.

 
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02-18-16, 08:11 AM   #4  
That's good news -- should make my job a little easier. Does the structure of the wall need to be any different in this situation? Do I need to be doubling up my top plate or anything?

 
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02-18-16, 08:47 AM   #5  
It's not going to be a supporting wall so no need for the double plate.

 
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02-18-16, 10:52 AM   #6  
Sounds good -- thanks for the help!

 
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