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skim34

01:37PM | 01/20/05
Member Since: 01/18/05
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All,

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.

Ben


Piffin

05:48AM | 01/30/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
yes and yes.

Most questions on this subject are from those who want to remove a section of wall under a beam.

Just be sure to leave any supporting posts that may now exist there. Most likely, you have two or three , and they are sitting on footers under the slabn that are designed to handle the loads. if you did away with them, the laods would be on the concrete slab, which may or may not be capable of handling it.

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