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07:39AM | 01/12/03
Member Since: 01/11/03
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The distance from the basement floor to the bottom of the ceiling joists is 93 3/4". The length of the 2x4 that we bought is 96". We were told by a friend that rather than cutting each stud to fit between a top and bottom cap when building the frame, we should use only a bottom cap and afix the top of studs to the side of the joists. Using this method the studs would rise about 4-1/4 inches above the base of the joists where the would be affixed eliminating the need to cut the studs and using a top cap.

Is this a safe method to frame a basement? Are there any drawbacks/disadvantages of this method over the traditional top & bottom cap methods?


05:49PM | 01/12/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
If you don't want a top nailer for your drywall, it would seem OK. I personally like having a nailing surface for the top of my drywall, and if it means I have to make a couple more cuts and use another board, I think that's a good deal.

Plan on using inside corner bead on the top? Better have a nailing surface!



09:52PM | 01/22/03
Cut the studs use both a top plate and a bottom plate (PT and over 30# building paper, or strips of rolled roofing. If a fire ever started in your wall it would quickly spread. You will also find it much easer to drywall with the top plate.


04:10AM | 01/23/03
Another good reason to use a top plate is the joists you attach to may not be perfectly square or straight. Using the top plate is the proper way to do the job. The cost is minimal and the outcome will be substantially better.


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