drywall the main beam


Old 01-20-05, 03:24 PM
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Question drywall the main beam


I am in the process of finishing my basement(8feet high) and have few questions before I nail some wood. I have a ranch house and the main beam(4x12 laminated wood) runs across the whole length of the house, dividing the house in half. I would like to use the main beam and build a 7feet wall(or partition) under it, nailing it to the bottom of the main beam. The top one foot of the wall will be the main beam. Is this OK or "up to code"? The main beam would be inside the wall when I finish it with drywall. Which brings up my next question. Is it ok to attach drywall directly on to the main beam or do I need to build a soffit or wall around it first? Any and all thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-21-05, 03:24 AM
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Hello Ben and welcome to the forums.

The plan you have will work out fine, of course you'll have to anchor the new wall to the floor as well. Be sure to use pressure treated lumber for the sill plate. HTH & post back if you have more questions.
Old 01-24-05, 01:48 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I am sure I'll have more questions so I will be in contact soon.

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