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Old 07-09-2019, 08:30 PM   #1
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Framing Problem

I am a young siding guy, just married, trying to build our first home. I have a relative that is supposed to be a framer that started framing the exterior wall on the walkout basement. When the wall was stood up there was a 1.5” gap between the top plate and top of the 2x6 wall. So it’s too short unless there is a second plate added. Will it pass inspection with what is essentially two top plates or will it have to be torn out and rebuilt.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:01 PM   #2
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Re: Framing Problem

Hard to say what's going on without a picture but a double top plate is almost exclusively how walls are framed, especially exterior walls. A double top plate allows a lot more flexibility with where the framing members above, joists, rafters or trusses land.


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Re: Framing Problem

I'm guessing he was planning on standing and bracing the wall in position, then use the second top plate to tie into the rest of the framing. Can't tell without a pic.
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Re: Framing Problem

It will pass with two top plates.

It may not pass with one.

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Old 07-10-2019, 05:42 AM   #5
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Re: Framing Problem

in south florida , you`d have to double plate , and also have a strap-tie , or hurricane strap on exterior walls
( look them up)they`re only $1 - $2 each

put a double plate , and /or all you`d have to do is call or go see inspector , and ask
but i`d also ask about the straps ,
it holds everything together , and makes the wall studs , and top plate all one unit
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Re: Framing Problem

Bearing members would need to be stacked directly over studs on a single plate. Rigidity of exterior walls is reduced when using one top plate, unless cross building members are connected properly. Gable walls may have significant movement without bracing at the top of the walls in the truss area, especially at upper plate breaks.


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