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Building A Temporary Support Wall


While removing partitions is messy work, it doesnít have much impact on the structure of your house. These walls just divide up space and usually donít need to support anything more substantial than five or six sheets of drywall. But if you need to make alterations to walls that support structural weight, such as outside walls or interior bearing walls, then you have to temporarily support this weight with a support wall. These are easy to build, and once youíre done with them you can remove them.


Step 1. To achieve a tight fit for a support wall, itís a good idea to build it in place. Start with the bottom plate. Use a 2x8, and place it on a piece of drywall or heavy cardboard to protect the floor finish from damage. Donít nail the 2x8 to the floor. It will be wedged in place by the studs and top plate.
 

Step 2. The top plate must align with the bottom plate. Use a level and straight board to establish this location. Then tack-nail the plate to the ceiling using a couple of8d nails. Drive the nails into the ceiling joists.

Step 3. Measure the distance between the top and bottom plates, and cut a 2x6 stud 1/16 in. longer than this measurement. Slide the stud between the plates, and toenail it into the bottom plate.

Step 4. Push the stud against the top plate, and check it for plumb using a level. Toenail the top of the stud to the top plate. Add the remaining studs to this support wall, spacing them 24 in. apart.

 

 

 

 

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