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How to build a partition wall

Partition walls are constructed between load-bearing walls to divide space. They should he strong and well made, hut their main job is to house doors and to support wall coverings. The sole plate at the bottom of the wall should he fastened securely to the subfloor and joists with panel adhesive and 16d common nails. Use masonry fasteners on concrete basement floors.

 

Anchoring New Partition Walls

 

When a new wall is perpendicular to the ceiling or floor joists above, attach the top plate directly to the joists, using lad nails.

 

 

When a new wall fails between parallel joists, install 2 x 4 blocking between the joists every 24”. If the new wall is aligned with a parallel joist, install blocks on both sides of the wall, and attach the top plate to the joist (inset).

 

Step 1. Mark the location of the new wall on the ceiling, then snap two chalk lines or uses scrap piece of 2 lumber as a template to mark layout Fines for the top plate. Use a stud finder to locate floor joists or roof framing above the ceiling, and mark these locations with tick marks or tape outside the layout lines.

 

Step 2. Cut the top and sole plates to length and lay them side by side. Use a combination or framing square to draw pairs of lines across both plates to mark the stud locations. Space the studs at 16 intervals, on center.

Step 3. Mark the location of any door framing on the top and sole plates. Refer to the door’s rough opening specifications when marking the layout. Draw lines for both the king and lack studs.

 

 

 

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