Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing
wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each
stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them up into the top plate. I would then
nail some blocking to each stud (on both sides) to hold up the blocking attached
to the top plate - essentially serving as jack studs. Not an ideal situation
but would this approach work?
replying to Chfaber, Iggy wrote:
Sure, either as is (most homes over 40-years old) or as what you laid out
("similar to" homes under 40-years) or put studs between studs (to actually
increase wall strength). A double plate's really only useful for off-set studs,
joists or rafters being above, but do nothing for an open floor being above or
for a structural member running parallel with the wall in question.
But, what's "the load"? Will it be staying? Like, a fully tiled bathroom. Or, is
it mostly temporary? Like, just under where only a bathtub will be and only if
or when the tub's filled. Where's that load going? Down to an unsupported floor
above a basement...VERY BAD! Or, down to a -known- 4" thick slab...perfectly
fine, for that kind of -maximum- 1000-lb. load. Converting to an exterior wall
for a 2-story addition? Then, absolutely not.
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