Code Question - Non-loadbearing wall

Old 01-11-13, 07:46 PM
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Code Question - Non-loadbearing wall

I'm creating a small room in our basement and cannot use a top plate on a small non-loadbearing wall due to HVAC and plumbing running over head. It is OK to...

1) Create a short wall with a top plate and then secure the wall to the above ceiling joists (there is a small gap that can a 2x4 piece).

2) Create a short wall with no top plate and instead tie the stud together by a 2x4 attached to the back side? And then secure it to the ceiling joist with 2x4 piece?
Old 01-11-13, 09:18 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Your first idea is the better one: Frame the wall with cripple joists that span from the PT sole plate to the lowered top plate.

That said, there needs to be one stud on each end of the wall that reaches from the sole plate to the floor joists above.

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