I am moving some partition walls in my basement. I don't know anything
about carpentry, so I will be asking a lot of questions.
I want to put one wall parallel to the joists above, but unfortunately not
exactly at one. (there is a drop ceiling with lights in it, so trying to
shorten it 1 inch so I can catch a joist would be more work than the rest of
the project) Can I put 2x4s across the adjoining joists, and then put the
header up to the 2x4s?
It looks like it ought to be as sturdy as anything, but since I don't know
anything, I could easily be over looking something basic.
Looking around my basement, I see another wall is made without a header; the
walls are nailed to the side of the joist. I couldn't quite do that either,
unless I cut the top of the 2x4s back an inch; then they would fit fine. Is
that acceptable? I can't see that the reduction is width would much matter.
Writing this made me think of a third possibility. If I made my header from
a 2x6, I would have enough width to catch the joist and be in the right
place for the wall.
So, are any of these acceptable? Are they all acceptable? Or is there
another way. (No, I mean beside hiring a carpenter. This is how I learn