I want to build a partial wall that is about 10 feet high and 16 feet
long. The ceiling joists are about 17 feet from the floor. One end of
the wall will be attached to a cinder block wall and I am wonder if the
best way to brace the other end of the wall is to just run 2x4's up to
the joists above. Appearance is not critical but was just wondering if
this is the best way?
Given the total height, it would be better to build a square column of
overlapping 2x4's with a total length of 18 feet. It could be a
vertical beam of 3 2x4's mated face-to-face for stiffness across the
width of the wall.
On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 11:27:58 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"
2x4(s) 17 feet long are much to flexible, unless this is just a
glorified sight screen. If you can turn an el or tee at the end
of the wall, it will be stronger. The next problem is too much
flex in a single 2x4 top plate on the 16' dimension. Cap the wall
with a 2x8/10/12? some other method of stiffening the wall? build
2 walls a foot apart that brace each other?
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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