Basement framing and 1st floor floor joists

Old 04-13-16, 07:40 PM
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Basement framing and 1st floor floor joists

Do the studs in the basement framing need to line up with the floor joists above for code? There is fireblocking above the basement framed wall separating this from the bays above.
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Usually you have a top plate that connects the wall studs to the floor joists.
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No, its an interior non-load bearing wall. Only needs one top plate, not two.
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Do they have to? No. But unless there is a reason not to, I usually line them up so the wall studs are directly underneath the joists. I find it makes it a little cleaner running wiring and plumbing that usually runs over in the joist bay and then down into the stud cavity. Especially true if running HVAC ductwork. It's a small thing, I admit, but like I said...if there's no reason to put them elsewhere, then I line them up.

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